Friday, April 18, 2014

Follow us:
Follow @NY1 on Twitter Subscribe to this news feed 


Assembly Members Want Attacks On Taxi Drivers To Be Felonies

  • Text size: + -
TWC News: Assembly Members Want Attacks On Taxi Drivers To Be Felonies
Play now

Time Warner Cable video customers:
Sign in with your TWC ID to access our video clips.

  To view our videos, you need to
enable JavaScript. Learn how.
install Adobe Flash 9 or above. Install now.

Then come back here and refresh the page.

Following a brutal attack on a taxi driver, members of the Assembly are pushing for a new law that will make such assaults a felony.

The Taxi Driver Protection Act was introduced after Key Chun Kim, 53 was beaten by a passenger in Brooklyn on New Year's Day.

He remains in a coma at Kings County Hospital.

The suspect is free on $10,000 bail.

"We demand real protection on this job," said Bhairavi Desai of the Taxi Workers' Alliance. "We're sick and tired of the hospital visits. We're sick and tired of these tragedies. Drivers deserve better, and Albany can provide it."

Assemblymen Ron Kim, Ed Braunstein and Walter Mosley said they want to see the same felony assault penalties that protect nurses, transit and sanitation workers extended to cab drivers.

Unless the case is brought before a grand jury, the suspect can only be charged with misdemeanors and violations. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP