Stiffer penalties may be on the way for those who record assaults

In response to a video where a homeless man was beaten and the event was recorded, stiffer penalties may be on the way for anyone

TRENTON - In response to a video where a homeless man was beaten and the event was recorded, stiffer penalties may be on the way for anyone that records themselves assaulting someone.

The beating of David Ivins, a homeless man who was attacked by Taylor Giresi, 20, of Lake Como, and an unnamed 17-year-old, has captured worldwide attention.

Assemblyman Dave Rible and two other lawmakers want to make sure this type of crime gets a special punishment. Their bill would make recording yourself committing an assault punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Rible says the bill is still being fine-tuned. The media and Good Samaritans who send their videos to police would be exempt.

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