Over a dozen Republican senators introduced a bill this week called the Protect and Serve Act which would make attacking a law enforcement officer a federal crime.
The bill proposes:
- Making it a federal crime to knowingly cause, or attempt to cause, serious bodily injury to a law enforcement officer. Offenders are subject to imprisonment for up to 10 years.
- An offender could receive a life sentence if a death results from the offense, or the offense includes kidnapping, attempted kidnapping, or attempted murder.
The law would apply to federal officers as well as state and local officers in cases where the federal government can establish jurisdiction.
The Republican senators that introduced the bill are Thom Thillis, John Kennedy, Lindsey Graham, Kelly Loeffler, Marsha Blackburn, Mike Rounds, Rick Scott, Shelley Moore Capito, Tom Cotton, Mike Braun, Rob Portman, David Perdue, Richard Burr, Roger Wicker, James Inhofe, and John Boozman.
"This year alone, we have lost nearly 40 police officers in the line of duty, far more than at this point last year," Loeffler said. "Just last weekend, in a vile and horrific act, two sheriff's deputies in California were ambushed and shot at point-blank while doing their jobs. We cannot allow these atrocities to become the status quo."
Loeffler also described "the radical Left's crusade against law and order" as having only "encouraged violence" against officers.
? Earlier this week, a bill that sought to elevate penalties of people who kill police officers was blocked by Democrat Senator Tom Udall from New Mexico.