“Jordan’s Law” by Assemblymember Dababneh Wins Approval in Senate Public Safety Committee

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Bill is a response to vicious, hometown attack that was shared on social media.

SACRAMENTO — Today, Assembly Bill (AB) 1542 by Assemblymember Matt Dababneh (D – Woodland Hills) passed the Senate Public Safety Committee with strong, bipartisan support. AB 1542, also known as “Jordan’s Law,” is an important step toward halting the growing epidemic of social media motivated attacks, or assaults planned for the purpose of filming and posting online to achieve internet attention and fame.

“We are another step closer to securing justice for victims of social media motivated violence,” said Assemblymember Dababneh. “AB 1542, by maximizing the sentence for those who conspire to videotape a violent crime, will serve as a strong message to anyone who might otherwise be looking to engage in this sick game of internet notoriety.”

Assemblymember Dababneh introduced “Jordan’s Law” after San Fernando Valley teen Jordan Peisner was viciously attacked by another teen, who Jordan did not know and had never met.  The attacker’s friend filmed the assault and posted it to social media where it quickly went viral.  This perverse desire for internet attention left Jordan with severe, life-threatening injuries including a brain injury and permanent hearing loss.  

“I am thankful for Assemblymember Dababneh’s leadership on this issue and to everyone who supported ‘Jordan’s Law’ today,” stated Ed Peisner, father of Jordan Peisner. “I am hopeful that this bill will become law and help prevent other families from experiencing 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. News stories of violent attacks committed for the purpose of videotaping and distributing on social media have grown exponentially in the past decade. “Jordan’s Law” is a much needed tool in the fight against this new type of criminal behavior.

AB 1542 is supported by a broad coalition of crime victims’ rights organizations and law enforcement agencies including the Los Angeles County Sheriff and Los Angeles County District Attorneys Office. The bill now moves to the Senate Appropriations Committee.