federal LAW ENFORCEMENT HATE CRIME BILL IS NEEDED AS AN ADDITIONAL LAYER OF PROTECTION FOR POLICE OFFICERS
By Trey Rusk
The past decade of unprovoked assaults, ambush murders and racially motivated prosecutions signaled a hatred toward police officers. This hatred was brought about because the federal government allowed it to happen. It went unchecked and allowed hate groups such as Black Lives Matter to form and call for the killing of police officers simply because they are police officers. In my opinion, such groups openly called for the death of police officers, as the DOJ sat on it's hands.
A new bill has been introduced by Senator Orin Hatch of Utah. The bill is titled The Protect and Serve Act of 2018. Senator Hatch is quoted as saying, "The Protect and Serve Act of 2018 makes clear that no criminal will be able to escape justice when he singles out and assaults those who put on the badge every day to keep us safe. These heinous, cowardly assaults are an attack not just on law enforcement, but on the rule of law."
Of course, the ACLU, The Leadership Conference on Human Rights and the NAACP Legal Defense fund are squealing like Ned Beatty on the movie Deliverance. These groups feel this law will further erode relations.
I hope this bill puts them on notice that our police officers have another layer of protection. I also advocate the prosecution of BLM and any other radical group for simply making verbal threats on police officers' lives.
In essence, this bill should make law enforcement officers a protected class. I hope that it does. I haven't read the entire introduced bill but it should include correctional officers and criminal justice support personnel.
Any tool added to the protection of law enforcement officers has my approval.