Lawmakers in Kentucky’s Senate will be considering a bill that would make it a crime to insult or taunt a police officer to the point where it provokes a violent response. Its sponsor, Republican state Senator Danny Carroll, himself a retired police officer, said he put in forward in response to incidents that took place during the protests against racism and police brutality last summer. He told the Louisville Courier-Journal, “In these riots, you see people getting up in officers’ faces, yelling in their ears, doing everything they can to provoke a violent response.” However, Carroll made clear the legislation wasn’t about limiting lawful protest, saying, “This country was built on lawful protest, and it’s something that we must maintain — our citizens’ right to do so.” Under the bill, someone would be guilty of disorderly conduct if they accost, insult, taunt, or challenge a police officer, quote, “with offensive or derisive words, or by gestures or other physical contact, that would have a direct tendency to provoke a violent response from the perspective of a reasonable and prudent person.” Democratic state Senator David Yates pushed back against the proposal, telling the newspaper that officers he knows are too professional to retaliate violently because of words. The ACLU of Kentucky also objected, calling it an attempt at “criminalizing speech.”