In the midst of cops killing innocent Black and Latino citizens, six police officers were murdered by a deranged military vet in Dallas, TX. In response, Two states have made moves to introduce “Blue Lives Matter” legislation. Passage of these bills would make an assault on a police officer a hate crime, carrying harsher penalties than usual.
So far, Rep. David Steffen of Wisconsin introduced a bill for the state to “protect those who protect us.” Hours after that, two Florida reps vowed to pass a “Blue Lives Matter” in their state. Coincidentally, Rep. Kevin Bratcher of Kentucky introduced similar legislation a day before the Dallas shooting. They are following in the footsteps of Louisiana. Think Progress reports:
In May, Louisiana became the first state to expand its hate crime protections to include police and emergency personnel. To the disappointment of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and advocates of the First Amendment, the first-of-its-kind Blue Lives Matter law enhanced the penalties for people who attack or threaten cops in the state, effectively lumping a profession into the same category as fixed or perceived traits like race, gender, and religion. When it goes into effect in three weeks, it could be put to the test right away in Baton Rouge, where protesters have taken to the streets in response to the shooting of Alton Sterling.
The Louisiana “Blue Lives Matter” law is supposed to go into effect in three weeks. It is unknown whether or not it will have any effect on attacks on police officers. A few weeks back, we posted a story about a Chicago gang member who was sentenced to 100 years in prison for shooting at cops (nobody died). It seems the penalties are harsh already. One thing we do know: there hasn’t been any new legislation or enhancement of current legislation to protect unarmed people from blood-thirsty police officers.