TRENTON – Three Republican lawmakers plan to introduce legislation to increases penalties and mandate jail time for videotaping and distributing the recording of an assault.
Assembly Republican Conference Leader Jon Bramnick, (R-Union, Essex, Somerset and Morris), Assembly Republican Whip Dave Rible and Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini, (both R-Monmouth) are responding to a recent attack in which two teenagers beat a homeless man in Wall Township while they videotaped and then posted the recording on the internet.
“The action taken by these two boys is completely outrageous and calls for serious jail time,” said Rible. “There needs to be severe repercussions put into place to ensure that no one else attempts to reenact this inexcusable attack on an innocent person.”
The two young men followed and attacked a homeless man in a wooded area of Wall Township. They beat the man and then stole his bike while they openly mocked him, videotaping the whole incident as it occurred.
“It is absolutely appalling that two young men found it amusing to stalk and attack a homeless man,” said Angelini. “The fact that the young men posted the attack on the internet as if it were entertainment is frightening and we must send a clear message that this behavior will not be tolerated in our state.”
Under this legislation, videotaping and distributing the recording of an assault will result in an automatic second degree aggravated assault charge. A person convicted of a second degree aggravated assault charge is subject to 5-10 years in prison and a fine of up to $150,000.
“A perpetrator videotaping a crime and using the video to re-live the event is a horrendous act and deserves a more severe penalty,” said Bramnick.
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