New York lawmakers consider making ‘disrespecting police’ a felony after cops are doused in water

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New York state lawmakers want to send anyone dousing police officers with water to prison for up to four years.

Republican lawmakers and police union officials were outraged after amateur video showing New Yorkers splash buckets of water on NYPD officers went viral last week on social media.

Since mid-July, there have been at least five recorded instances of passersby throwing water on uniformed officers, prompting two GOP assemblymen to demand making such behavior a Class E felony. 

Surveillance footage which surfaced on Wednesday shows one man randomly crossing the street and walking up to two NYPD traffic officers in Queens on July 24. 

He is seen squirting a bottle of water onto both officers near 86th Street and Jamaica Avenue.

The man appears to record the reaction of the officers before walking away, and police are on the hunt for him. 

The NYPD announced on Thursday that it has arrested Steven Larosa, 35, of Brooklyn in connection with the incident.

Larosa has been charged with obstructing government administration and harassment. 

Hours after that video surfaced, Long Island Republican Michael LiPetri led a rally on the steps of New York’s City Hall in Lower Manhattan. 

LePetri said: ‘This time, it’s water. What’s next? Gasoline? Acid?’ ‘What we are witnessing in New York City is disgraceful.’

Hours after this video surfaced of cops being doused with water in Queens on Wednesday, lawmakers lobbied to make 'disrespecting a police officer' a felony, which could land anyone found guilty in prison for four years

Hours after this video surfaced of cops being doused with water in Queens on Wednesday, lawmakers lobbied to make 'disrespecting a police officer' a felony, which could land anyone found guilty in prison for four years

Hours after this video surfaced of cops being doused with water in Queens on Wednesday, lawmakers lobbied to make ‘disrespecting a police officer’ a felony, which could land anyone found guilty in prison for four years

The man appears to record the reaction of the officers before walking away

The man appears to record the reaction of the officers before walking away

Authorities are now on the hunt for the suspect involved in the incident, which marks the fifth separate case in recent weeks of citizens drenching officers in water.

Authorities are now on the hunt for the suspect involved in the incident, which marks the fifth separate case in recent weeks of citizens drenching officers in water.

The man appears to record the reaction of the officers before walking away. Authorities are now on the hunt for the suspect involved in the incident, which marks the fifth separate case in recent weeks of citizens drenching officers in water

LiPetri, who represents the ninth district in the New York State Assembly, says tougher laws are needed to crack down on ‘a culture of blatant disrespect for law enforcement has been fostered and encouraged simply for political gain which has resulted in such despicable acts of hate becoming acceptable in our communities.’

‘New York State must send a message that this will not be tolerated and I am confident that this bill provides law enforcement the tools they need to properly react,’ he said.

Michael Reilly, an assemblyman who represents Staten Island, blamed New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, whom he called a ‘grandstanding politician’ who has ‘done absolutely nothing to foster police-community relations.’

Reilly said de Blasio has ‘spread an inflammatory anti-cop rhetoric just to score a few points.’

‘Our police officers are being targeted for harassment and even assault while doing their job,’ Reilly said.

New York State Assemblyman Michael LiPetri

New York State Assemblyman Michael LiPetri

New York State Assemblyman Michael Reilly

New York State Assemblyman Michael Reilly

Two Republican lawmakers in New York State – Assemblyman Michael LiPetri (left) and Assemblyman Michael Reilly (right) – want to make it a felony to spray water on police officers

Reilly and LiPetri rallied on the steps of New York's City Hall on Wednesday in the wake of a spate of incidents that were filmed showing passersby dousing NYPD officers with water

Reilly and LiPetri rallied on the steps of New York's City Hall on Wednesday in the wake of a spate of incidents that were filmed showing passersby dousing NYPD officers with water

Reilly and LiPetri rallied on the steps of New York’s City Hall on Wednesday in the wake of a spate of incidents that were filmed showing passersby dousing NYPD officers with water

‘As someone who served in uniform, I understand the immense burden our police officers carry with them each day,’ he said.

‘I take offense to the narrative created by those politicians and the truth is, Mayor de Blasio was elected to lead a city, not a movement.

‘It is time for real leadership at City Hall.’ 

Michael O’Meara, the president of the union representing officers with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police Department, also took aim at de Blasio.

‘When did we lose our common sense? When did it become okay to laugh and jeer and throw things at police officers who are working and trying to protect our communities?’ said O’Meara.

‘Maybe Mayor de Blasio should sit down and address the people of New York City and say let’s get some common sense back.

‘Come on, it’s disgusting.’

DailyMail.com has reached out to the mayor’s office for comment.

Last week, the Sergeants Benevolent Association released the fourth video showing teens and children throwing water on two police officers in a park

Last week, the Sergeants Benevolent Association released the fourth video showing teens and children throwing water on two police officers in a park

Last week, the Sergeants Benevolent Association released the fourth video showing teens and children throwing water on two police officers in a park

'DEFEND YOURSELF before YOU get seriously injured or KILLED,' the Thursday post from the SBA stated. 'These buckets can contain ACID, BLEACH or other CHEMICALS. Obtain exposure numbers. O'KNEEL MUST GO, take the CLOWNS with you!'

'DEFEND YOURSELF before YOU get seriously injured or KILLED,' the Thursday post from the SBA stated. 'These buckets can contain ACID, BLEACH or other CHEMICALS. Obtain exposure numbers. O'KNEEL MUST GO, take the CLOWNS with you!'

‘DEFEND YOURSELF before YOU get seriously injured or KILLED,’ the Thursday post from the SBA stated. ‘These buckets can contain ACID, BLEACH or other CHEMICALS. Obtain exposure numbers. O’KNEEL MUST GO, take the CLOWNS with you!’

Police officers in the video could be seen holding up their hands while getting blasted with water, but laughing - suggesting that they weren't as triggered by the kid's actions

Police officers in the video could be seen holding up their hands while getting blasted with water, but laughing - suggesting that they weren't as triggered by the kid's actions

Police officers in the video could be seen holding up their hands while getting blasted with water, but laughing – suggesting that they weren’t as triggered by the kid’s actions

Since mid-July, there have been five recorded instances of locals spraying water on NYPD officers.

Surveillance footage which surfaced on Wednesday shows one man randomly crossing the street and walking up to two NYPD traffic officers in Queens on July 24. 

But the SBA has demanded that Police Commissioner James P. O'Neill (pictured) step down following the emergence of the fourth video last Thursday

But the SBA has demanded that Police Commissioner James P. O'Neill (pictured) step down following the emergence of the fourth video last Thursday

But the SBA has demanded that Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill (pictured) step down following the emergence of the fourth video last Thursday 

He is seen squirting a bottle of water onto both officers near 86th Street and Jamaica Avenue.

The man appears to record the reaction of the officers before walking away. 

Authorities are now on the hunt for the suspect involved in the incident.   

Last week, the head of the NYPD sergeants’ union demanded that Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill step down after the fourth video showing youth throwing water on police officers emerged. 

The Sergeants Benevolent Association made their assertion while sharing a video that showed small children and teens dousing two officers with buckets of water and water guns. 

‘DEFEND YOURSELF before YOU get seriously injured or KILLED,’ the July 25 post from the SBA stated. 

‘These buckets can contain ACID, BLEACH or other CHEMICALS. Obtain exposure numbers. O’KNEEL MUST GO, take the CLOWNS with you!’  

Police officers in the video could be seen holding up their hands while getting blasted with water, but laughing – suggesting that they weren’t as triggered by the kid’s actions.

It is unknown where exactly the video was filmed but it was initially shared by someone with the Instagram handle @Harlem4real.

On Wednesday a shocking video emerged showing two on-duty female police officers being doused with buckets of water and attacked with water guns

On Wednesday a shocking video emerged showing two on-duty female police officers being doused with buckets of water and attacked with water guns

On Wednesday a shocking video emerged showing two on-duty female police officers being doused with buckets of water and attacked with water guns

The group of people yell and laugh as they run towards the officers armed with buckets of water and water guns to drench the while they were on the job

The group of people yell and laugh as they run towards the officers armed with buckets of water and water guns to drench the while they were on the job

The group of people yell and laugh as they run towards the officers armed with buckets of water and water guns to drench the while they were on the job 

This is the third video this week to circulate social media showing water-dousing attacks on NYPD officers, sparking outrage among law enforcement officials

This is the third video this week to circulate social media showing water-dousing attacks on NYPD officers, sparking outrage among law enforcement officials

This is the third video this week to circulate social media showing water-dousing attacks on NYPD officers, sparking outrage among law enforcement officials

The Sergeants Benevolent Association shared the video on Twitter on Wednesday where it’s gone viral and raised alarm over the safety of NYPD officers

The Sergeants Benevolent Association shared the video on Twitter on Wednesday where it’s gone viral and raised alarm over the safety of NYPD officers

The Sergeants Benevolent Association shared the video on Twitter on Wednesday where it’s gone viral and raised alarm over the safety of NYPD officers

That was the fourth – and least worrying – video of the incidents that shows law enforcement getting drenched. 

Three men who were detained for throwing water on officers have since been released, only receiving misdemeanor charges. 

Isaiah Scott and Chad Bowden, 23 and 28, were charged with criminal mischief and harassment for their stunt in Harlem that left a police officer’s cellphone destroyed, the New York Post reports. 

Courtney Thompson, the man said to be a Crips gang member, posted $3,500 bail to get out of jail for charges related to his incident on July 20.

A third clip surfaced online last Wednesday afternoon and shows crowds jeering at what appears to be two on-duty female officers in uniform standing on a street corner. 

Three people holding buckets of water and several people holding toy water guns cross the street to approach the two officers and drench them with the water, prompting the officers to run away. 

In one video (above), two officers are attempting to handcuff a man when the group soaks them with water

In one video (above), two officers are attempting to handcuff a man when the group soaks them with water

This is the moment the officers are hit with the water

This is the moment the officers are hit with the water

Last Monday multiple videos emerged on social media showing groups of teen splashing officers and other New Yorkers with gallons of water in separate incidents in Harlem and in Brooklyn

The two officers continue with an arrest even as one of them is struck in the back of the head by a red bucket in Harlem

The two officers continue with an arrest even as one of them is struck in the back of the head by a red bucket in Harlem

The two officers continue with an arrest even as one of them is struck in the back of the head by a red bucket in Harlem

The officers are then seen putting the man in the back of their patrol car

The officers are then seen putting the man in the back of their patrol car

The officers are then seen putting the man in the back of their patrol car

The NYPD shared this image on Twitter last Monday asking for help in identifying these men involved in the Harlem water-dousing incident

The NYPD shared this image on Twitter last Monday asking for help in identifying these men involved in the Harlem water-dousing incident

The NYPD shared this image on Twitter last Monday asking for help in identifying these men involved in the Harlem water-dousing incident  

In the clip the crowd appears excited and shriek with laughter when they dump the buckets of water on the officers. 

It’s not clear in what area of the city the incident took place. 

At the end of the clip a woman is heard harassing the cops saying: ‘Wipe that a**.’ 

The SBA also shared that video on Twitter where it’s went viral and raised alarm over the safety of NYPD officers. 

‘NYPD Cops are in DANGER! Another video of water buckets being tossed. O’Neill needs to go before we get another cop killed!’ the SBA said, slamming NYPD Commissioner O’Neill for failing to prevent such attacks on cops. 

The third video emerged just two days after two other viral videos circulated on social media showing people splashing on-duty officers with buckets of water in separate incidents in Harlem and Brooklyn. 

On Wednesday, de Blasio condemned the attacks on cops and commended the NYPD for the arrests they’ve made so far. 

Meanwhile in Brooklyn, several teens were seen soaking two other officers with water

Meanwhile in Brooklyn, several teens were seen soaking two other officers with water

It's unclear if the officers were looking for someone when they got doused with water (right)

It's unclear if the officers were looking for someone when they got doused with water (right)

Meanwhile in Brooklyn, several teens were seen soaking two other officers with water. It’s unclear if the officers were looking for someone when they got doused with water (right)

As they were walking in another direction, one male teen is seen throwing the bucket of water on one of the cops

As they were walking in another direction, one male teen is seen throwing the bucket of water on one of the cops

As they were walking in another direction, one male teen is seen throwing the bucket of water on one of the cops

Mayor Bill De Blasio has taken to Twitter to condemn the disrespect towards the NYPD

Mayor Bill De Blasio has taken to Twitter to condemn the disrespect towards the NYPD

Mayor Bill De Blasio has taken to Twitter to condemn the disrespect towards the NYPD

‘Thank you to New York’s Finest for their speed and professionalism in this arrest. We’re the safest big city in America thanks to the tireless efforts of our NYPD officers. We stand with them today and always,’ he tweeted.

On Monday he called the attacks ‘completely unacceptable’ and said: ‘We won’t tolerate this kind of disrespect.’ 

‘NYPD police officers courageously face unknown & sometimes hostile circumstances each time they answer a call. Still, professional & composed, they carry out their vital work. As a city & a PD, we’ll never accept such disrespect,’ Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill tweeted Wednesday.