Governor Murphy Stresses Zero-Tolerance Policy for Threatening Police Officers Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

The outbreak of the Coronavirus has turned people’s everyday lives upside down, causing a great deal of uncertainty. It is understandable that there are many people who are still trying to adjust to this new “normal.” However, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy is stepping forward to stress the state’s zero-tolerance policy for threatening police officers during this time. Residents who refuse the state’s stay-at-home order and attack a police officer in the process will face serious penalties as a result. 

Governor Murphy stated, “Let me be clear – we are taking a zero-tolerance policy against anyone who acts so stupidly and puts others in danger or makes them fear for their health.” Backing up this statement, Attorney General Gurbir Grewal issued a statement regarding the assaults in saying, “We have zero tolerance for anyone who uses the coronavirus as a weapon or instrument of terror against officers bravely performing their duties during this health crisis.”

The reminder of these penalties comes after multiple state residents allegedly spit or coughed on law enforcement officers while claiming to have the Coronavirus. The individuals are now facing criminal charges. Any individual who assaults a police officer during the state of emergency can face a maximum penalty of a $10,000 fine in addition to 18 months in prison. If a terroristic threat is made towards an officer, these penalties can worsen significantly. 

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