Virginia Senate Democrats pass bill to reduce assaulting police officers to a misdemeanor

by Peter Heck · Aug 28th, 2020 8:43 am

Last Updated Aug 29th, 2020 at 6:38 pm

The Virginia Senate voted on Wednesday to pass a bill that would reduce the penalty for assaulting law enforcement officers from a felony to a misdemeanor, as long as the officer is not injured. Senate Bill 5032, if enacted, would also remove the mandatory six-month jail sentence for assaulting police officers.

"[This bill] eliminates the mandatory minimum term of confinement for an assault and battery committed against a judge; magistrate; law-enforcement officer; correctional officer; person directly involved in the care, treatment, or supervision of inmates; firefighter; or volunteer firefighter or any emergency medical services personnel and provides that such crime can no longer be committed as a simple assault and must result in a bodily injury," according to the bill's text.

The bill was passed on a strict party-line vote, with the 21 Senate Democrats voting in favor and the 15 Senate Republicans voting against.


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