KEYE: U.S. Senators Introduce Bill to Protect Law Enforcement
Republican Senators Ted Cruz (Texas), John Cornyn (Texas) and Thom Tillis (North Carolina) introduced a bill that increases penalties against individuals who target law enforcement officers on Wednesday.
The bill, called "Back the Blue Act" will also provide new tools to help officers protect themselves, and open up grant funding to fortify the relationship between law enforcement entities and the public.
"This bill better protects our nation's finest by providing stronger tools for the prosecution of those who would harm law enforcement. We must stand in solidarity with our police officers, firefighters, first responders, and federal officers who selflessly run into harm's way to protect our families and our communities. This should not be a partisan issue. This should be an issue that brings us together, united as Americans. I'm proud to stand with the men and women of American law enforcement and urge all of my Senate colleagues to do the same," said Senator Ted Cruz.
Senators argue law enforcement officers risk their lives to protect communities, and they deserve to be supported for the crucial role they serve in the country. This comes in response to the latest attacks in Dallas and other cities in the country.
"The Back the Blue Act sends a clear message that our criminal justice system simply will not tolerate those who viciously and deliberately target our law enforcement. As our country continues to grieve following last week's tragedy in Dallas, we must come together in support of those who risk everything to keep us safe," said Sen. John Cornyn.
The new law would make it a federal crime to kill a federal judge, a law enforcement officer or a public safety officer. The criminal would be subject to the death penalty and a mandatory minimum sentence of 30 years for murder.
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