Camillo calls for stiffer penalty for assaulting off-duty officers

State Rep. Fred Camillo (R-151) wants anyone who assaults an off-duty police officer to face a stiffer penalty.

Camillo wants to expand that law to cover off-duty officers, and he said he’s heard from law enforcement officers who want the overlapping regulation. However, this bill would not provide protection for any off-duty police officer who is engaged in inappropriate activities and or behaviors.

“The intent of this bill is clear, it is for the benefit of not only off-duty police officers, but also our citizens who are the recipients of the selfless and brave actions of many of our finest law enforcement professionals,” said Rep. Camillo.

Inspiration from the proposal also comes from an incident in Greenwich when an off-duty police officer who attempted to break up a bar fight. As a result, he suffered major injuries and was out of work for a year and a half. Ultimately, the individuals were given a plea deal with community service and served no jail time.

“A few years back, we had a brutal attack on an off-duty police officer who came to the aid of someone who was being attacked in a restaurant.  It was later established the assailants knew that the man who was coming to the aid was a law enforcement professional. A camera in the municipal jail later confirmed the men took great pleasure knowing they inflicted serious harm on the off-duty police officer,” said Rep. Camillo. “I think it is imperative that we afford them the same peace of mind and degree of protection off duty as they do when they are on duty and coming to the aid of their fellow citizens. Without this, I fear there will come a day when off-duty police officers will not be willing to do what comes natural to them: protecting innocent citizens.”

State Representative Fred Camillo represents the 151st district of Greenwich.

State Rep. Fred Camillo (R-151)

State Rep. Fred Camillo (R-151)

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