|
|
|
The Telegram
  • Update on legislation related to FBI K-9 killed in Herkimer Co.

  • The state Senate has passed a bill that punishes more severely those who kill or injure a police animal, bumping it from a Class A misdemeanor to a Class D felony.

    • email print
  • The state Senate has passed a bill that punishes more severely those who kill or injure a police animal, bumping it from a Class A misdemeanor to a Class D felony.
    The bill is on its way to the Assembly, and one local legislator and co-sponsor of the bill is optimistic that it will pass this time because of the recent shootings in Herkimer County, despite the fact that several forms of the law have been circulating for years.
    The bill, which passed the Senate unanimously 56-0 on March 25, has been named “Ape’s Law,” whose moniker comes from Ape, the FBI K-9 who was shot and killed in the Herkimer County shootings. Ape was the only casualty March 14, the day after Kurt Myers shot six men, killing four of them.
    A bill surrounding the same topic has made its rounds in the Senate since the 1990s, and is gaining traction because of the shootings in Herkimer and Mohawk, said Sen. Joseph Griffo, R-Rome.
    “When you have more high profile incidents, (the Assembly) kind of has more focus and attention on that,” he said.
    Griffo said Assemblyman Joseph Lentol, chairman of the Codes Committee, also has indicated his support, which puts the bill more in the spotlight, he said. Though the bill has passed in the Senate before, it never has passed in the Assembly.
    His past experience has given Griffo another perspective on the issue, he said, citing his tenure as the Rome mayor and his experience with local police forces.
    “I knew how valuable they were with law enforcement, and they deserve equal protection,” he said.
      • calendar