Locked in a contest to try and ‘out-liberal’ California, the liberal leadership of New York state and city (for reference, 48 of NYC’s 51 City Council members are Democrats) just keeps slapping more and more rules, regulations and bans upon its populace. And they’re about to get one more.
New York is now placing people who drive cabs into their own oppressed minority group and as we know, in liberals’ minds, all such groups are in need of special governmental attention and protection.
DNA Info is reporting on the “Taxi Driver Protection Act,” a bill designed to make crimes against for-hire drivers “hate crimes”, because in the litany of oppressed minorities, there’s African-Americans, Muslims, LBGTQ, and…taxi drivers.
“Cabbies and other for-hire drivers across the state have moved a step closer to receiving increased protections from on-the-job-attacks, officials said.
The “Taxi Driver Protection Act,” which the state Senate passed Thursday, would make any hate crime or assault against a for-hire driver a class D felony punishable by up to seven years in jail, similar to current laws shielding city bus drivers.
“This is very important for this industry,” said state Sen. Marisol Alcantara, who sponsored the legislation. “These are the people that nobody normally cares about, and we have a responsibility as elected officials to protect you and look out for our interests, and that’s what we intend to do.”
Tauqueer Khan, an Uber driver and for-hire taxi driver, said he was relieved to see the bill move forward. The driver said he was verbally and physically attacked shortly before the 2016 presidential election after picking up a customer near the Flatiron District late one night.
“He got in my car and was cursing, saying, ‘I’m going to kill you,’ and then he punched me,” Khan recalled, adding that he drove the man to 22nd Street, where he finally pulled over and told the man to get out.”
The liberal idea behind “hate crimes” is odd to begin with — we’re going to take something that’s already a crime, like assault, and somehow make it more of a crime if we can determine the defendant’s thoughts. And if someone really, I mean REALLY doesn’t like cab drivers – that assault is now a hate crime which carries its own level of penalties above and beyond whatever the base charge (assault, armed robbery,..whatever) already carries.
The bill has made it out of the New York state Senate meaning its next stop is the House and then on to Governor Cuomo’s desk. So there’s precious little doubt that New York is about to get another new law and another new protected class of citizens.
[Note: This article was written by Derrick Wilburn]