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No touching peace officer gear (new law)

Published (5/16/2008)
By Craig Green
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Peace officers are often in difficult situations, trying to defend others or protect themselves. Having someone take their equipment is not something they should have to worry about.

A new law, sponsored by Rep. Michael Paymar (DFL-St. Paul) and Sen. Ann Lynch (DFL-Rochester), clarifies that it is illegal to take from a peace officer any defensive device issued for their protection, including a firearm, tear gas, Taser or baton. Violation is a felony with a possible five-year sentence and $10,000 fine.

Signed by Gov. Tim Pawlenty May 13, the law is effective Aug. 1, 2008.

Rep. Mark Buesgens (R-Jordan) unsuccessfully proposed changing the title of a section of the new law to “Keep Your Hands Off the Cop’s Stuff.”


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