Assemblymember Matt Dababneh’s Bill to Prevent Social Media Motivated Attacks Passes Assembly Floor

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Assemblymember Matt Dababneh’s Bill to Prevent Social Media Motivated Attacks Passes Assembly Floor

Measure prompted by vicious, hometown attack heads to State Senate.

SACRAMENTO — Today, Assembly Bill (AB) 1542 by Assemblymember Matt Dababneh (D – Woodland Hills) passed the State Assembly with strong, bipartisan support. AB 1542, also known as ‘Jordan’s Law,’ is an important step toward preventing social media motivated attacks.

“I am glad we were able to pass Jordan’s Law today off of the Assembly Floor with a bipartisan vote,” stated Assemblymember Dababneh. “This is the first bill of its kind to finally take a stand against this new, ugly epidemic of attacks committed for the purpose of gaining social media notoriety. Jordan’s Law will increase the consequence for an attacker who videotapes an assault and also make clear that anyone providing assistance to an attacker to film an assault will be equally liable as an aider and abettor.”

The idea for ‘Jordan’s Law’ came after San Fernando Valley Resident and constituent Jordan Peisner was viciously assaulted outside a fast food restaurant by a total stranger this past December. The attacker’s friend provided clear motivation for the crime by recording the incident for purposes of posting on social media. That accomplice was not charged. Jordan suffered severe physical injuries, including a blood clot in his brain and permanent hearing loss along with emotional scars.

“I am thankful for Assemblymember Dababneh’s leadership on this issue and to everyone who supported Jordan’s Law today,” stated Ed Peisner, father to Jordan Peisner. “I am hopeful that this bill will become law and help prevent other families from experience the pain that my family has endured. It is my mission to turn this mess into a message and today’s vote signifies a huge step in the right direction.”

Unfortunately, Jordan’s situation is not unique. There are constant news stories about these types of attacks relating to anything from hate crimes to increased exposure and infamy –all have one thing in common: they are fueled by the use of social media. Jordan’s Law is an important tool in the fight against this new type of criminal behavior.

The bill now moves to the California State Senate.