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(Sacramento) - “Jordan’s Law makes it clear that conspiring with an attacker to film an assault makes you equally responsible for the crime,” says Assemblymember Matt Dababneh (D-Woodland Hills). The idea for ‘Jordan’s Law’ (AB 1542) came after 14-year-old Jordan Peisner was viciously assaulted outside a fast food restaurant by a total stranger in December. The attacker’s friend recorded the incident for purposes of posting on social media. That accomplice was not charged. Jordan suffered severe physical injuries and emotional scars that will last a lifetime. “Jordan’s Law is an important step in updating our criminal code to align with constantly changing technologies and a new social media culture,” stated Assemblymember Dababneh. Learn more about Jordan and AB 1542 in this Assembly Web Report.

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Jordan's Law aims to stop social media motivated attacks, like the horrific attack that El Camino Real student, Jordan Peisner, suffered this past December.

This bill will increase the sentence for those filming violent attacks and provide much needed clarification that anyone who conspires with an attacker to film a violent felony is also liable as an aider and abettor.

I am proud to partner with Jordan and his father, Ed Peisner, in an effort to prevent social media motivated attacks. I look forward to Jordan's Law being signed by the governor to help ensure that no one in our community ever has to suffer a random, vicious attack like Jordan, just so someone can get likes and shares on social media.

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Assemblymember Matt Dababneh (D-Encino) held a press conference to discuss, “Jordan’s Law,” Assembly Bill 1542, in response to a surge in violent attacks for the purpose of filming and sharing on social media. Assemblymember Dababneh became alarmed about social media motivated attacks after local teen and El Camino Real Charter High School student, Jordan Peisner, was viciously assaulted by another teen outside a fast food restaurant in December. An associate of the perpetrator filmed the incident and posted it on social media where it quickly went viral. The individual that filmed the video has not been charged with any crime. Jordan suffered severe injuries, including a blood clot in his brain and permanent hearing loss.

Jordan’s Law will criminalize conspiring with an attacker to videotape a violent crime. “It is wrong,” explained Assemblymember Dababneh, “I want to make sure everyone in our community knows, it is not acceptable to conspire to commit a crime and post in on social media.”

Assembly Bill 1542 (Dababneh), also known as Jordan's Law, will prevent social media motivated attacks – violent crimes where the perpetrator commits the crime for the purpose of videotaping and distributing on social media to gain attention and notoriety. This bill will create a new felony for anyone that conspires with the perpetrator of a violent crime to videotape the commission of the crime.

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Press Releases

“Jordan’s Law” by Assemblymember Dababneh Wins Approval in Senate Public Safety Committee
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The Assembly Public Safety Committee voted today in strong, bipartisan support of ‘Jordan’s Law’ – Assembly Bill (AB) 1542 – by Assemblymember Matt Dababneh (D – Woodland Hills) to prevent social media motivated attacks.
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