Connecticut Seal

House Bill No. 5101

Public Act No. 03-6

AN ACT CONCERNING THE PENALTY FOR ASSAULT OF CIVILIAN DETENTION OFFICERS.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 53a-167c of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2003):

(a) A person is guilty of assault of public safety or emergency medical personnel when, with intent to prevent a reasonably identifiable peace officer, firefighter or employee of an emergency medical service organization, as defined in section 53a-3, emergency room physician or nurse, employee of the Department of Correction, employee or member of the Board of Parole, probation officer, employee of the judicial branch assigned to provide pretrial secure detention and programming services to juveniles accused of the commission of a delinquent act, [or] employee of the Department of Children and Families assigned to provide direct services to children and youth in the care or custody of the department or employee of a municipal police department assigned to provide security at the police department's lockup and holding facility from performing his or her duties, and while such peace officer, [fireman] firefighter, employee, physician, nurse, member or probation officer is acting in the performance of his or her duties, (1) such person causes physical injury to such peace officer, firefighter, employee, physician, nurse, member or probation officer, or (2) such person throws or hurls, or causes to be thrown or hurled, any rock, bottle, can or other article, object or missile of any kind capable of causing physical harm, damage or injury, at such peace officer, firefighter, employee, physician, nurse, member or probation officer, or (3) such person uses or causes to be used any mace, tear gas or any like or similar deleterious agent against such peace officer, firefighter, employee, physician, nurse, member or probation officer, or (4) such person throws or hurls, or causes to be thrown or hurled, any paint, dye or other like or similar staining, discoloring or coloring agent or any type of offensive or noxious liquid, agent or substance at such peace officer, firefighter, employee, physician, nurse, member or probation officer, or (5) such person throws or hurls, or causes to be thrown or hurled, any bodily fluid including, but not limited to, urine, feces, blood or saliva at such peace officer, firefighter, employee, physician, nurse, member or probation officer.

(b) Assault of public safety or emergency medical personnel is a class C felony. If any person who is confined in an institution or facility of the Department of Correction is sentenced to a term of imprisonment for assault of an employee of the Department of Correction under this section, such term shall run consecutively to the term for which the person was serving at the time of the assault.

Sec. 2. (Effective from passage) Subsection (d) of section 6 of public act 03-2 is repealed.

Approved April 10,2003