Republican Sen. John Cornyn (Texas) introduced legislation to sure up the protection of police by making killing a law enforcement officer a federal crime punishable by death.
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According to a story in The Blaze:
The legislation, which came days after the deadly police ambush in Dallas that left five officers dead, also offers police several other protective measures.
“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,” the Texas lawmaker said in a statement to theDallas Morning News.
“Law enforcement officers selflessly put their lives on the line every day to protect our communities, and in return they deserve our unparalleled support for the irreplaceable role they serve,” Cornyn said. “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.”
If signed into law, the Back the Blue Act of 2016 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.