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#1 BRUMP

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 04:01 PM

I'm aware that some states have laws stipulating that an assault on an official is a felony. Does anyone know which states do and don't? Does NJ have one (not that I plan on needing it just wondering)?

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 04:14 PM

"Sixteen states have special laws or enhanced punishments for assault on sports officials. The states are: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia."

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 05:05 PM

"Sixteen states have special laws or enhanced punishments for assault on sports officials. The states are: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia."

http://www.cga.ct.go...2004-R-0112.htm

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 08:26 PM

Also see the NASO website

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 09:28 PM

Also see the NASO website

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 09:29 PM


Also see the NASO website

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 09:47 PM

More states should have them!!!

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 09:49 PM

In Alabama, it's a class "C" felony with up to $2000 fine and 20 years in prison
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Posted 02 August 2012 - 10:09 PM

Florida added it as a Class B Felony 2-3 years ago.
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Posted 02 August 2012 - 10:37 PM

Only a misdemeanor but at least NC. is on the list. My question is this. Assault against anybody is at least a misdemeanor so what good is it to have a law specifying a sports official and it's only a misdemeanor. I'm no lawyer or police officer so I'm not sure what the difference is.

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 06:40 AM

In NJ it's the same as hitting a cop/fireman.

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 09:26 AM

More states should have them!!!

I'm convinced if more people saw some of the abuse that we take more states would have them.

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 09:30 AM

I don't take any abuse. I've only had 1 instance where I was actually threatened. He said he'd be waiting for me in the PL. Of course, he wasn't.
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Posted 03 August 2012 - 01:46 PM

Only a misdemeanor but at least NC. is on the list. My question is this. Assault against anybody is at least a misdemeanor so what good is it to have a law specifying a sports official and it's only a misdemeanor. I'm no lawyer or police officer so I'm not sure what the difference is.

It is there because many times it is discouraged to press charges because it isn't seen by many as a real assault.
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Posted 03 August 2012 - 04:17 PM


Only a misdemeanor but at least NC. is on the list. My question is this. Assault against anybody is at least a misdemeanor so what good is it to have a law specifying a sports official and it's only a misdemeanor. I'm no lawyer or police officer so I'm not sure what the difference is.

It is there because many times it is discouraged to press charges because it isn't seen by many as a real assault.


Only a misdemeanor but at least NC. is on the list. My question is this. Assault against anybody is at least a misdemeanor so what good is it to have a law specifying a sports official and it's only a misdemeanor. I'm no lawyer or police officer so I'm not sure what the difference is.

It is there because many times it is discouraged to press charges because it isn't seen by many as a real assault.



So it's there to make people understand that if you hit a sports official, that is a real person and it qualifies as an assault. WOW. That says a lot about how some people think.

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 11:49 PM

I don't take any abuse. I've only had 1 instance where I was actually threatened. He said he'd be waiting for me in the PL. Of course, he wasn't.

Wow Alabama must be heaven compared to jersey. Ive lost count of how many times I've been told to be expecting visitors in the parking lot. And I've been told that I'd have my ass kicked about 5 times. And once (this is in the ejection forum) I had a pitch counter thrown at me. It says a lot about the respect in Alabama for officials because I'm sure you have been doing this longer than me trout. (4yrs)

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 08:33 AM

It hasn't happened often to me but I have had threats to meet me in the parking lot and have even had a couple follow me to my truck. My favorite was a guy that claimed he was the law, turned out to be a prison guard. I kicked him off the property. Toward the end of the game the president asked if I wanted the police called. i asked why, he left as requested. He asked what would I do if he came back. I told him I would kick his ass. He said as long as I was comfortable with that, OK.
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Posted 05 August 2012 - 09:12 AM

Only a misdemeanor but at least NC. is on the list. My question is this. Assault against anybody is at least a misdemeanor so what good is it to have a law specifying a sports official and it's only a misdemeanor. I'm no lawyer or police officer so I'm not sure what the difference is.


Typically when an existing law (assault or battery) makes an exception for a particular class (sports officials, the elderly, etc) it is to allow for an increase in the penalty. California for example lists the penalty for generic battery as a fine not to exceed $2000 and county jail time not to exceed six months. They increase the jail time to the maximum (one year) if the battery is against a sports official. All battery in California is a misdemeanor, unless certain injuries occur to the victim that would bump it up to a felony.
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Posted 05 August 2012 - 09:28 AM

Personally, I have never had someone threaten me during a game. When I was a boot patrolman 30 years ago I handled a call at one of our parks during some type of Legion tournament. BOTH teams (and fans) wanted to kick BOTH of the umpire's ass for whatever reason. We arrived in the 5th inning and it was basically out of control. Neither umpire wanted anything done except to leave with all of their body parts (both were still on the field). We ended the game and escorted both to their cars. Funny though...the fans were the worst, but as soon as we ended the game, all they could wine about was the cops taking the game away from their kids.

We have few, in any, umpire assaults in my area. Soccer, however, is a different story. Seems like we have weekly calls to our adult indoor soccer arena where the ref is getting punched, pushed, etc.
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Posted 05 August 2012 - 01:41 PM

Many times because it happens in the heat a sporting event it isn't an actual assault. Guess what, it is.
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