Schaberger was killed on March 13, 2011, while responding to a domestic violence call at St. Mark's Place in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. The 42-year-old cop was thrown over a staircase railing by the abuser while attempting to arrest him.
George Villanueva, who had 12-year history of domestic violence offenses, was arrested for his death.
The lawmakers also sponsored legislation, named after the officer, that would make repeat domestic violence offenses a Class E felony crime. Villaneuva was only charged with misdemeanors on each of his run-ins with the law.
Currently, repeat offenders are charged with misdemeanors with no greater consequences, which Squadron says allows them to cycle through the system, thus failing to stop the cycle of violence.
The legislation creates the felony of "aggravated domestic violence" for abusers who commit at least two offenses within a five-year period, giving law enforcement the tools to protect victims from these repeat offenders.
According to the legislation, from 2004 to 2009, in New York City alone, there were 622
individuals convicted of two or more domestic violence offenses. Of those 622 defendants, 221 had at least one case with a felony-level assault charge.
“Officer Schaberger's life was taken far too early, by a criminal who shouldn't have been out on the streets in the first place,” Squadron said. “Now, our work must continue to honor Officer Schaberger's legacy and give law enforcement the tools to protect all who are impacted by domestic violence and its terrible ripple effects.”
Schaberger served in the Navy from 1991 to 1995 before becoming one of New York's Finest. In 2001, he served in a Manhattan precinct before being assigned to the 84th Precinct in 2006.
Squadron was joined by Officer Schaberger's parents, Paul and May Schaberger, who expressed their gratitude for the officer's honor.
“The crime of domestic violence, all too often, has a terrible, rippling consequence and we cannot tell ourselves that it will not affect us,” said Paul Schaberger in a statement last year.