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Video: Congressman Sponsors Bill to Make Attacks on Officers a Federal Hate Crime

March 22, 2016  | 

VIDEO: Congressman Sponsors Bill to Make Attacks on Officers a Federal Hate Crime

U.S. Rep. Ken Buck wants to make assaulting a police officer a federal hate crime.

“There are more officers being targeted because of the fact that they’re police officers,” said Buck, a Republican representing Colorado.

Buck believes it’s time Congress did more to protect those who protect us. He has introduced legislation that would add law enforcement to the list of groups protected under the federal hate crime statute.

“And if anybody assaulted or killed a police officer, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and federal prosecutors would have the opportunity to investigate and prosecute those crimes,” Buck told CBS Denver.

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Ron Martinelli @ 3/22/2016 5:18 PM

Well, it's about time. This proposed legislation is long overdue; especially in consideration of the significant increase in officer-directed violence; advanced by anti-police hate groups such as Black Lives Matter and Occupy. Now let's see which Congress members support and don't support this legislation. Those who don't certainly don't stand with law enforcement. We need to remember them when it comes time to vote.

kevCopAz @ 3/22/2016 5:32 PM

Agreed! If we LEOs can be prosecuted by the Feds for "civil rights violations" then it is only fair that the Feds can prosecute those that attack us, since we represent the government.

John retired IA PD @ 3/22/2016 5:36 PM

Thank you Congressman Buck. I have watched debates for the Democrats and the Republicans. I have only seen support for law enforcement being voiced by the Republicans. I have not heard the Democrats say they support law enforcement. Only that the police need more training. Law enforcement is under fire. Now we will see who has the backbone to stand with law enforcement. Again thank you Congressman Buck.

Leonard Mather @ 3/22/2016 8:18 PM

This is exactly what is needed and what has been called for; the evidence indicating the need is patently obvious. The Black Lives Matter data were horrifically incorrect, inaccurately interpreted and blindly repeated. In my vie their Title should be Black Lies Matter so as to be consistent with their misinterpretations of Criminal Justice data. Fomenting hatred resulting in assassinations of LEOs is indeed a hate crime.

Leonard @ 3/22/2016 9:02 PM

I haven't seen this legislation, but police aren't a class of people. Police are not hated because they are police. Police aren't discriminated against and the entire legal system is geared so that if an officer is ever held accountable for misconduct, hell hath frozen over. This is useless feel good legislation.

Leonard @ 3/23/2016 7:32 AM

Furthermore, when injury or death to an officer occurs, the full weight of the prosecution and the courts are brought to bear. Police are more than adequately protected by the law. Just a point of clarification, BLM and Occupy are not anti police or hate groups and never have been. Police unions and some departments, abhor the scrutiny that has been rightly earned. Once again, our police departments are on track to kill over 1200 citizens this year, thus far killing 300 citizens to date. Video has exposed that many of these killings are unjustified in the eyes of the public. Secondarily, until we eliminate the failed war on drugs and significantly reform civil asset forfeiture the public will never trust the police as they once did. This lack of trust is not the fault of BLM, Occupy or the media. It was brought on by the actions of individual officers, departments and the system of government that supports it. I continue to work to improve the quality of our police forces in my

tpb @ 3/23/2016 7:38 AM

Great legislation and one that is unfortunately needed.
Re: Leonard @ 9:02 PM- the only part of your statement that I agree with is... "I haven't read this legislation." After that you are pretty much are out touch. Your grasp (or lack thereof) of the legal basis for such a law and the direct relation to current "movements" by various special interest groups and home grown terror groups in our country make it clearly sound. These groups indeed do target the police for violence and "hate" just for being the police.
Not meant as a personal affront to you, just my opinion that you just don't get it.

Robert @ 3/23/2016 8:19 AM

A politician looking for votes.
1. All of the expert data I have seen shows that police shootings / violence is NOT outside of standard ebbs and flows.
2. Police shootings & violence are vigorously prosecuted locally and if found guilty the offender typically receives a near maximum sentence. I don't see how anyone here can argue with that statement.
3. The reason we, as a society, (Federal level) have established certain 'classes' of citizen for extra that those classes have (had) been discriminated against for long periods of time....and the local justice systems did not protect those classes. Therefore Federal laws were needed.
Absolutely none of that applies in this case.

Lastly, it isn't 'nice' but it is certainly legal to deny a LEO service at a restaurant...just as you can deny service to all people 'heavyset' people. These 'classes' of citizen do not merit extra, federal protection...because neither is a long term victim of discrimination.

tedb @ 3/23/2016 8:41 AM

Does anyone but me notice that there are trolls screaming their names down the Grand Canyon, hoping to hear them repeated back by echoes? If they don't hear the echoes after enough tries, they will eventually go away and try another canyon. Just Saying!

S.S. @ 3/23/2016 9:50 AM

it is about time. It's progressively getting worse. BTW leonard you're a complete idiot, with NO COMMON SENSE, you and your girlfriend percy. You all hate us so much G.T.F.O. THE SITE. TRUST ME YOU 2 DOUCHEBAGS HAVE "NO FRIENDS" HERE.

Leonard @ 3/23/2016 10:10 AM

@S.S: That the best you can do?

Leonard @ 3/23/2016 10:38 AM

@tpd: You have no evidence that can support your claims. Whereas, everyone one mine I can substantiate with statistics. 1297 citizens killed in 2014, 1301 killed in 2015, 299 so far in 2016. 27 officers feloniously killed in 2013, 51 felonious deaths 2014, official FBI numbers for 2015 not released yet. So based upon these numbers, who is the war really being conducted against? I certainly remember how police unions, politicians and media pronounced (Lt. Gliniewicz, Officer Houser) poster boys for the false "War on Cops" narrative. The former committed suicide and the latter shot himself. Police can no longer control the narrative, many departments, DAs and individual officers have been exposed as video as proliferated via cell phone and surveillance. Like minded groups like BLM and even senior police leaders via the Professional Executive Research Forum recognize that there is something systematically wrong in our approach to law enforcement and are seeking ways to make it....

Leonard @ 3/23/2016 10:53 AM

better. Too many in the LE profession equate scrutiny with hate. The KKK is a hate group. American Vikings is a hate group. Aryan Terror Brigade is a hate group. To equate BLM or Occupy to any of these groups is disingenuous. BLM want to see equitable policing and the end of police shooting unarmed black men. BLM has made specific proposals that serves as a basis for the improvement of LE. Of course during protests when emotions are high stupid and offensive stuff is said, but you can't equate any officer death to BLM and it certainly doesn't promote the injury of any officer. Should I equate every police organization as racist because one cop on the force says the 'N-word' over the radio? I don't think so. So put passion for your profession in perspective as I do. I don't think every cop is bad. I don't think every police dept is corrupt. But to deny that there aren't problems in out forces that need correcting is naive.

Adrian Stroud @ 3/23/2016 4:26 PM

Great job Rep. Buck!!!! It's about time. I emailed my rep and asked him to support it.

Leonard @ 3/24/2016 7:46 AM

Here's a good article from a legal perspective about this proposed bill:

S.S. @ 3/24/2016 9:35 AM

It's all I need to say. You do the rest with your ignorant comments. It's just clear to me that you are a coward, both you and your g/f percy. The worst kind coward too. You 2 are so chicken shit you won't say what you do for employment. Do you even have a job? What do you do to make a living. So of course it leaves us to believe that you 2 are cowards who just type away with your stupid and idiotic comments. Just go away. TRUST ME NO ONE LIKES YOU TWO DUMBASSES! Now you can go cry to your g/f/ and your mommy. OOps I forgot. Ok so just go cry to your g/f percy.

Leonard @ 3/24/2016 9:56 AM

@S.S. You amuse me.

S.S. @ 3/24/2016 10:58 AM

Again no mention of a career. Must be on welfare. PITIFUL.

Percy @ 3/24/2016 4:51 PM

@ Leonard
Yes that is the best that SS can do, you see he's from Texas.
He is very angry, constantly relies on "facts" not yet in evidence (you or I would call it lying).
He also believes that by hitting caps lock you express anger, he's going to be pissed when he finds out it means you're gay.

He personifies what is wrong with American law enforcement.

Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 3/27/2016 1:51 PM

Thank you, Congressman Buck. We have needed this for a long time. I don't know if it will be voted in as law but now that its in sight we are delighted. All of law enforcement support you. "black lives matter" is definitely anti police. I will oppose blm, the aclu, and cop block(I hate them with a passion). The war on drugs, leonard, is not making much progress because there's too many crazies like you out there, doing drugs etc... And just who is Congressman Buck trying to get votes from. The majority of people will probably oppose it and it will die. LEONARD AND PERCY NEED TO BE BANNED FROM THIS SITE. EXTREME IDIOCY IS THEIR OBVIOUS RELIGION. At the risk of being called racist I say that I oppose black lives matter vehemently. Leonard has, no doubt, been arrested several times by his local police and therefore hates all cops. My uncle is the same way as this idiot. Someone made an ID10T error when putting Leonard's brain together.

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