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    Oklahoma Sen. Casey Murdock, R-Felt, will file legislation later in the fall that will classify any targeted assault or threat to a law enforcement officer, first responder, national guardsman or military service member as a hate crime. Currently, malicious crimes with the intent to incite or produce violence directed against a person based on race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin or disability are prohibited. “After the events this weekend in California – and the terrible attack on our police officers in Tulsa earlier this summer – it’s more important than ever to protect our law enforcement officers and the individuals putting their lives on the line to protect our safety,” Murdock said. State Sen. Casey Murdock plans to introduce...
    GOP senators are set to introduce legislation Thursday that would enact federal penalties for criminals who purposefully target law enforcement officers with violence. The Protect and Serve Act would make it a “federal crime to knowingly cause, or attempt to cause, serious bodily injury to a law enforcement officer,” according to an advance copy of the press release obtained by the Daily Caller. Offenders face up to 10 years imprisonment, but could receive life if the offense includes attempted murder, kidnapping, attempted kidnapping or if a death results from the act. The bill will be introduced by 16 Senate co-sponsors, all Republicans. They include North Carolina’s Thom Tillis and Richard Burr, South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham, Louisiana’s John Kennedy, Georgia’s Kelly...
    An Oklahoma lawmaker announced plans to introduce legislation that would make targeting or threatening law enforcement officers, first responders, or military service members a hate crime. “After the events this weekend in California, and the terrible attack on our police officers in Tulsa earlier this summer, it’s more important than ever to protect our law enforcement officers and the individuals putting their lives on the line to protect our safety,” said Republican state Sen. Casey Murdock, who introduced the legislation. “With the hatred and unrest in this country, we must classify these careers as a protected class. Attacks against our peace officers are absolutely a hate crime because they are targeted based on their profession.” Under current Oklahoma state...
              RICHMOND, Virginia – The Senate passed its omnibus policing reform bill on Thursday, which encompasses other already introduced legislation and covers many hotbed issues relating to law enforcement.  After over an hour of debate and Republicans voicing concerns, the Democratic majority passed the bill by a vote of 21-Y 19-N, right along party lines. Republicans thought there were good aspects within the bill, but, because the legislation puts a wide range of issues together, their opposition to specific provisions meant they could not support the overall bill itself. The primary objections from Republicans came over the provisions on acquiring military property, Criminal Justice Services Board membership and Committee on Training membership, use of deadly...
    AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday signed a pledge that opposes cuts to police budgets in Texas cities and proposed new legislation to discourage cities from defunding those departments. “Some want to defund our police — but we can’t allow it,” Abbott said on Wednesday in a tweet, where he called for Texans and candidates for public office to sign a pledge called “Texas Back the Blue.” During a news conference Thursday, Abbott, along with House Speaker Dennis Bonnen and Attorney General Ken Paxton, urged cities to reconsider cutting police budgets. The initiative by the governor comes after the Austin City Council voted to cut the police department’s budget last month. “It is particularly offensive that some...
    The Virginia Senate approved legislation that would allow assaulting a police officer to be charged as a misdemeanor instead of a felony if the law enforcement officer does not suffer any bodily injury. The bill also removes the mandatory minimum six-month sentence for assaulting a police officer. Senate Bill 5032 would eliminate "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." The legislation would allow judges...
    Tennessee Sen. Marsha Blackburn accused Democrats of making an attempt to “cancel” the nation’s legislation enforcement and armed providers throughout her 2020 Republican Nationwide Conference speech on Wednesday night. The GOP lawmaker railed in opposition to the “defund the police” motion on the conventions’ third night time — themed “Nation of Heroes” amid a historic looking on race and legislation enforcement in the US. “Leftists attempt to flip them into villains. They attempt to ‘cancel’ them. However I’m right here to inform you that these heroes can’t be canceled,” Blackburn mentioned, noting her personal father’s service in WWII. “I’m reminded of him each time I see compassion and selflessness in others — once I see legislation enforcement officers put...
    A MILITARY veteran told a board of California county officials that peaceful citizens are becoming "concerned and revolutionary" due to certain coronavirus restrictions in place. Carlos Zapata was filmed speaking to officials in Shasta County, California earlier this month. 3Peaceful citizens are becoming "concerned and revolutionary" according to Zapata Not wearing a mask himself, he told officials sitting off camera that he didn't blame them for wearing masks. "I would be hiding my face too if I was you for what you're doing," Zapata said. The veteran criticized them for wearing masks and claimed they were being complicate. "Open the county, let our citizens do what they need to do," he said. "Let owners and businesses do...
              Virginia’s legislature will meet in a Special Session on August 18, and House Democrats are eyeing new laws and regulations that will place tighter regulations on Virginia police departments and officers. In a statement released today, the House Democrats listed a myriad of points (detailed at the end of this article) they hope to address by introducing new legislation during the Special Session. Among those points are goals to reform Virginia’s Criminal Justice and Police systems. Speaker of the House Eileen Filler-Corn (D-41) said that in addition to “a bold plan” to “support the Commonwealth’s students, teachers, workers, and health care system” in response to COVID-19, the House Democrats will “also pass long-overdue...
              The Virginia legislature is considering laws that would remove qualified immunity for law enforcement officers. The proposed legislation would remove protection for police officers that prevents individuals from suing an officer in civil court under certain circumstances. It should be noted that even with qualified immunity, individual police officers can be sued in civil court for clearly violating police guidelines. Qualified immunity protects officers that act in good faith and according to police regulations from being sued in civil court by offenders. State Delegate Jeff Bourne (D-Richmond) will carry the legislation in the House. Bourne says that the repeal of qualified immunity “is one of those things that has to be changed if...
    Oklahoma lawmakers are working on legislation aimed at supporting law enforcement and providing better benefits to police officers. Two Republican state representatives, who call it the “Back the Blue” legislation, said it will increase pay for state troopers, create better retirement plans for law enforcement, and increase compensation for family members of officers who are killed in the line of duty, according to News 9. “We have an aging workforce in law enforcement, and as these individuals retire, it's going to be incredibly difficult to recruit police officers for the last decade,” state Rep. Kyle Hilbert said. "I hope we show young men and women in Oklahoma that if you put [on a] blue uniform, we are going...
    President Trump is sending a tactical US Customs and Border Safety crew to Seattle to face by for obligation quelling protests, based on a report. The crew is just like the Border Patrol Tactical Unit the White Home has deployed in Portland, Oregon, a transfer that has come underneath fireplace for allegedly utilizing overaggressive techniques to fight practically two months of violent protests, The New York Occasions reported Thursday. The transfer got here as a shock to Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, who informed the outlet she spoke to Homeland Safety Appearing Secretary Chad Wolf and was assured that there have been no plans to deploy federal troops in her metropolis. “Any deployment right here would, in my opinion, undermine...
    Nearly two months after Minneapolis police killed George Floyd, the Minnesota Legislature approved a bill Tuesday to restrict police use of chokeholds and neck restraints, ban departments from offering “warrior”-style officer training and change a state arbitration process that officers use to contest discipline. State Rep. Carlos MarianiThe measures, passed in the early morning hours following lengthy closed-door negotiations between House Democrats and Senate Republicans, were hailed by supporters as a step toward curbing police killings and other violence that disproportionately affects Black Minnesotans and people of color. “It creates a modern accountability framework of laws that will help to end the type of police brutality that killed George Floyd in May of this year,” Rep. Carlos Mariani, a St....
    A new bill from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez would require federal law enforcement officers to identify themselves while on the job. The New York Democrat announced her intention to introduce legislation that would prohibit federal officers from enforcing the law in unmarked uniforms on Monday. If the bill becomes law, federal officers would need to have their name, the name of their agency, and their badge number visible on their uniforms. The legislation also requires the inspector general's office for the Department of Justice to conduct routine audits to ensure federal agents are complying. A representative for the congresswoman told the Nation that the legislation had been in the works for "months," but lawmakers hope the recent reports of...
    The professional-police group Blues Lives Matter NYC has launched a video “devoted to all those that misplaced their lives defending and serving.” The compelling 2-minute, 12-second clip, “I Am,” is billed as “the primary video of its sort standing up for officers all through the nation and providing a response to the present anti legislation enforcement motion.” The recording was posted July four on the Blue Lives Matter Fb web page — and offered together with Strike TV. “This video gives a stark distinction to the present anti-law enforcement motion that ignores the faces of each human being who’s a legislation enforcement officer,” Strike TV director Matthew Matossian informed The Submit. Blue Lives Matter founder Joseph Imperatrice, an NYPD...
    Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna Pressley and Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib announced their support for legislation that would strip federal funding from law enforcement. The two liberal congresswomen, who are members of "the Squad" along with New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, brought up the BREATHE Act during a virtual meeting on Tuesday. The BREATHE Act was created by activists from the Movement for Black Lives who are striving for a new Civil Rights Act focusing on policing and racial equality. "In this historic moment, it is critical that we listen to and trust the leadership of black activists around the country. They have been on the front lines in defense of black lives for decades. And it...
    Senate Republicans on Wednesday unveiled their "Justice Act" police reform legislation to hold officers accountable with an enhanced use-of-force database, restrictions on chokeholds and new commissions to study law enforcement and race. Sen. Tim Scott, the lone African-American GOP senator, spearheaded the legislation in the wake of George Floyd's death and nationwide protests demanding racial justice -- including activists' calls to dismantle police departments. He framed the legislation as a bridge between law enforcement and communities of color. "The answer to the question of which side do you support is I support America," Scott, R-S.C. said, "And if you support America you support restoring the confidence that communities of color have in institutions of authority. If you support America, that means you know...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are proposing to overhaul legal protections for police, create a national database of excessive-force episodes and ban police choke holds in legislation coming Monday in response to the deaths of black Americans at the hands of law enforcement, according to a draft outline obtained by The Associated Press. “We’re in a real moment in our country,” Rep. Karen Bass, D-Ca., chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” speaking after massive protests set off by the death of George Floyd and other African Americans involving the police. She said t he package from House and Senate Democrats will be bolder than any law enforcement changes of the past decade. “It...
    Proposed "Say Their Name" legislation following the death of George Floyd and an ongoing pattern of police brutality includes several new measures in New York State, including banning chokeholds by law enforcement officers. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Friday, June 5 at his daily news briefing in Albany that he expects the legislation to pass next week and that he will work with the State Legislature to get the policies installed. "Say Their Name" refers to victims of police-related incidents. (See image above.) The list of policy priorities builds on earlier proposals in the immediate aftermath of the killing of Floyd and prior executive actions he has taken including appointing the Attorney General as a...