Proposed bill would create more consequences for rioters, protect first responders
It's called the 'First Responders and Public Protection Bill' (LB 111), proposed by Nebraska Senator Joni Albrecht.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – It’s called the ‘First Responders and Public Protection Bill’ (LB 111), proposed by Nebraska Senator Joni Albrecht.
Under this proposed bill, anyone who riots or assaults any first responder (Police, Fire, Emergency care provider, etc.) in Nebraska would face higher penalties.
Albrecht was disturbed by the riots and injuries sustained by our local law enforcement last summer, so she decided as a lawmaker it was her turn to step up. The bill would give more consequences to those who riot in Nebraska, while also giving our first responders the tools they need to protect our cities, property, and also themselves. If you instill harm to any public safety officer, Albrecht says you could face anything from a misdemeanor to a felony.
“It’s spelled out in there, charges will be pressed, you will serve time and/or you might pay a fine,” Albrecht said. “If you’ve broken a window or if you started a fire and somebody loses their property, there is going to be stiffer penalties the more you do.”
And now after seeing more riots, this time at our U.S. Capitol, she says this bill has never been more important.
“In the halls of the Capitol, if someone is inciting a riot within this building and law enforcement is here, they are going to know what steps they can take to get those people out of our building or off the streets or wherever they might be,” Albrecht said.
She hopes the stiffer penalties will deter people with ill intentions from coming to Nebraska.
“If we don’t do something, then it’s going to continue to be what it is,”Albrecht said. “But we want people to know, across our country that when you come to Nebraska, we mean business and we are not going to tolerate it.”