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If you assault a police officer and cause serious bodily harm, you will face a felony charge if legislation filed by Governor Charlie Baker becomes law. The bill gives the courts an enhanced ability to deal with individuals who have demonstrated a flagrant disregard for law enforcement and who pose a threat to public safety.

“This came about as a result of the review that everybody did on the horrible tragedy involving officer [Ronald] Tarentino and the man who shot him at a routine traffic stop, Jorge Zambrano,“ said Governor Baker in an interview with Boston Herald Radio.

When Zambrano killed officer Tarentino during a traffic stop on May 22, the now deceased Zambrano had previously been charged with three outstanding misdemeanors including an assault on a police officer. Following a manhunt, Zambrano was killed by responding law enforcement during a shootout.

“One of the things people were saying was, ‘why was this guy out at all given all that?’ ” Baker said. “The answer is there were limits to how often a judge could incorporate dangerousness or a dangerousness hearing into making a decision about setting bail.”

Current state law treats assault and battery on an officer as a misdemeanor. Raising the penalty to a felony would make the crime punishable by up to 10 years. The legislation also sets a minimum mandatory sentence of one year, and would bar judges from continuing cases without a finding, giving defendants suspended sentences or ordering them to probation without first serving jail time.

“If someone hurts a police officer, we want to make sure they can be held accountable and that they can’t just walk out (of a courtroom),” Public Safety and Security Secretary Daniel Bennett told the Herald.

Chief William Brooks, the president of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, and Chief Mark K. Leahy (Ret.), executive director, said in a statement that the association “applauds and support” the effort “on behalf of our officers.”

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