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Republican Senators Push for Stiffer Penalties for Attacking Officers

October 01, 2015  | 

Two Republican senators are pushing for stiffer punishments for those who attack firefighters, police officers and criminal prosecutors.

The two senators, Jeff Sessions (Ala.) and Pat Toomey (Pa.), say the tougher punishments are necessary because of an increase in violence against police.

“It is important that we send the message that police lives also matter, and that if you target a police officer with violence, you will receive a harsh penalty,” Toomey said in a statement.

“The alarming spike in violence directed against the men and women entrusted with ensuring the safety and order of our society must be stopped,” Sessions said in the same statement.

The legislation also appears to be a response to the Black Lives Matter movement, which started because of complaints by people of color of violence perpetrated by police officers. Activists with the movement have interrupted several events by presidential candidates as part of an effort to get those running for president to pay more attention to the issue.

The Thin Blue Line Act introduced by Sessions and Toomey imposes some of the same protections afforded to federal law enforcement officials to those at the local level, the Hill reports.

Comments (4)

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Tom Ret @ 10/1/2015 3:22 PM

The silence from democrats concerning officer's lives and safety points to their indifference to law enforcement. Their support of the black lives matter folks
is all you need to know to determine which camp they identify with.

John retired IA PD @ 10/1/2015 7:37 PM

It's about time we see a little support. I hope the Act is worded properly, and that politicians have the backbone to pass it into law. Then we will need to see what prosecutors do with it.

B.T. @ 10/2/2015 6:29 AM

God forbid that a democrat would ever support cops!

S.S. @ 10/2/2015 8:25 AM

In a world of political correctness. We as law enforcement see what the stats are, and we see what goes around us. Nobody wants to talk about why these people are destroying their own neighborhoods, and loot the businesses, sell drugs to their own, and shoot other gang bangers but unfortunately they miss their target and kill an innocent little baby, or a young kid just playing in their own front yard. I'm hispanic and I live mostly in a hispanic community, so here the crime here is under control, but a lot of our suspects are hispanic, so naturally they're the ones who go into the system. Also there is a lot of military in my city, a lot of the military here get themselves into trouble and yes they are black. White people go to jail too over here. It's not a matter of race it's a matter of good vs. bad. We remove the bad. That's the way it should be, but nowadays all the libs feel empowered by obama and all that propaganda b.s.! We need support too. Our lives matter to us.

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