Now a Felony to Assault a Sanitation Worker

NYC Dept. of SanitationNew York has updated its Assault 2 law to include a new class of worker: Sanitation.  This means that an assault on a sanitation worker, bus driver, etc. is an automatic felony.  An assault on a regular “civilian” is still an assault 3, and thus an A misdemeanor.  While I do not condone assaults on sanitation workers, creating special classes of people is a dangerous slippery slope.

Of course, one group of New York State and New York City employees missing from the list of “special” groups in the Assault 2 statute?  Assistant District Attorneys.  Assaulting them is still just a misdemeanor.  I always had that in the back of my mind when I worked night duty at the DA’s Office.

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