WA Senate Passes Bill to Make Threats Against Police Hate Crimes

The Washington senate has passed a measure that would make crimes and threats against police officers a hate crime in the state of Washington.

The Washington senate has passed a measure that would make crimes and threats against police officers a hate crime in the state of Washington, reports the Associated Press.

Senate Bill 5280 passed the chamber on a 35-14 vote and now heads to the House, where a companion bill did not receive a hearing there.

Under current law, it’s a felony to threaten, damage the property of, or physically injure a person because of race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender, disability or sexual orientation.

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