Extremely offensive behavior in Victory He will be punished with five years behind bars under a bill submitted to the state parliament on Wednesday.
The bill, known as Lynette’s Law, was championed by Stuart Schulze, husband of top police officer Lynette Taylor, one of four police officers killed in Melbourne East Freeway tragedy in 2020.
It was developed in response to Porsche driver Richard Pusey, who was stopped for speeding when a truck collided with officers. Pusey filmed and mocked Taylor’s body after the deadly accident, for which he spent three months in prison.
In addition to Taylor, Senior Agent Kevin King, Agent Joshua Prestney, and Agent Glen Humphris were killed in the collision.
Attorney General Jaclyn Symes said the bill created a new offense of “engaging in conduct that is grossly offensive to the community’s standards of behavior.”
“This offense that we are introducing today has a maximum sentence of five years, which provides a bit more suggestion than the community expects when such egregious behavior occurs in public,” he said.
Lynette’s Law will apply to the conduct of any person in a place where their behavior may be publicly seen or heard.
It will also require an accused person to understand or establish that a reasonable person would have known that their conduct was highly offensive.
Speaking today, Schulze said he had the support of the families of the other officers who died that day.
He said that they have been positive about his effort to create this legacy for his wife.
“She was a pretty private person,” Schulze said.
“She didn’t like being the center of attention, but I think she would be glad he did something for her.”