Assaulting an off-duty police officer may soon cost you more than just a misdemeanor charge

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Lawmakers want to increase the penalty for assault on off-duty law enforcement officers.

Currently, if you assault an officer who is in uniform, you face felony charges.  But if you assault an off-duty officer, you face a misdemeanor.

Legislation passed today by the Oklahoma House of Representatives could make it a felony to assault an off-duty officer.

“Law enforcement officers proposed this idea to me because there are cases in which bad guys pursue a member of law enforcement at their homes and in their personal lives,” said Sanders, R-Kingfisher. “My legislation would simply make it possible to charge the assailant with a felony if they are coming after members of law enforcement.”

House Bill 1318 was approved by the Oklahoma House of Representatives by a vote of 83-2.

It now heads to the Oklahoma Senate.

 

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