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Flagstaff encouraging stiffer fines for coronavirus threats

Flagstaff Police Department
Posted at 10:22 AM, Apr 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-20 13:22:01-04

FLAGSTAFF, AZ — Flagstaff officials are seeking tougher consequences for those who make threats related to the coronavirus.

The City Prosecutor’s Section of the Flagstaff Attorney’s Office says they intend to seek “substantially elevated fines and jail sentences” for those who intentionally expose first responders to the virus.

Officials are looking to pursue felony charges for aggravated assault on a healthcare worker or law enforcement officer.”

They’re also working with Flagstaff Police Department to encourage filing disorderly conduct for those threatening exposure of the virus without directly exposing an officer.

The direct exposure would be something like spitting on an officer, according to officials.