New Jersey Zero-Tolerance Policy for Threatening Police During Coronavirus Pandemic

The Coronavirus has caused people’s lives in New Jersey to change significantly in an effort to try and adjust to this “new normal.” While it is understandable that these are challenging times, it is crucial for all individuals across the state, as well as the country, to continue following the law. After recent events, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy is stressing the zero-tolerance policy the state has for threatening police officers at any time, especially right now. As a result, there can be serious consequences for residents who refuse the state’s stay-at-home order and attack or threaten the safety of a police officer in the process. 

The reminder of this zero-tolerance policy comes after multiple residents of the state who claimed to have the Coronavirus allegedly spit or coughed on law enforcement officers. These individuals are now facing criminal charges. The law states that any person who assaults a police officer during the state of emergency can face a maximum penalty of a $10,000 fine and up to 18 months in prison. The penalties can increase significantly if a terroristic threat is made towards the officer. 

Speaking on the matter, Governor Murphy stated, “Let me be clear – we are taking a zero-tolerance policy against anyone who acts so stupidly and puts others in danger or makes them fear for their health.” Adding to this, Attorney General Gurbir Grewal issued a statement regarding the assaults in saying, “We have zero tolerance for anyone who uses the coronavirus as a weapon or instrument of terror against officers bravely performing their duties during this health crisis.”

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