New Law: If You So Much as Touch an Officer, It’s a Felony — Even If He’s Off-Duty



William Grigg | The Free Thought Project

Two short-tempered men run into each other in a bar in Enid, Oklahoma. The combustible mixture of alcohol and ego produces the predictable reaction – a brief, stupid, and inconclusive fight in which neither side is seriously injured. When police officers arrive on the scene, onlookers expect that both parties to the altercation will be hauled away in handcuffs.

However, after one of them produces a police credential, he is allowed to handcuff the other and place him under arrest for a felonious assault on an off-duty law enforcement officer. It doesn’t matter that the individual making the arrest might have been the same one who started the fight.

This scenario is made entirely plausible by a newly enacted Oklahoma statute that makes any “assault” on an off-duty law enforcement officer a felony — and it is standard practice to treat nearly any physical contact with an officer as an “assault.” The law, which passed the legislature unanimously (always a bad sign), went into effect on November 1. In effect, this measure extends the cloak of “qualified immunity” to cover every aspect of a law enforcement officer’s life.

“I had several law enforcement officers in my district come to me this past year and explain to me that current law says that if I’m in uniform and I’m assaulted, then it is a felony,” recalls Republican State Representative Mike Sanders, the primary sponsor of the bill. Two of them, Sanders insists, were assaulted off-duty, although no useful details were provided to validate those claims.

“This is just one more tool to protect our law enforcement agents and officers,” Sanders continues. “Even though you make take off the uniform, you are always a law enforcement officer.”

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  • Dan McLeod

    Oklahoma is a bastion of stupid.

    • Cliff

      So you’ve been there too, huh?

  • Duke of URL

    Oklahoma seems to be turning into a dictatorial police state.

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    Remember, though, it’s only tyranny if it’s federal.

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    • dxsmopuim

      Dead cops tell no tales.

  • Max Thurman

    That’s the Just-Us system of Oklahoma ! If they are that big of Pussies, then they shouldn’t be cops ! !
    Fuck the Police ! ! !

  • Michael Loflin

    But you don’t do a damn thing to protect the public from corrupt cops. And you will go out of your way and even lie to help them.

  • D Laurier Beaulieu

    So some drunk starts to grope your wife, and you cant make him stop… just in case he might be a pig.