Alabama is taking new measures to protect law enforcement from becoming the victims of violent and potentially deadly attacks. PLEASE TAKE NATIONAL POLLS AND PETITIONS. YOUR OPINION MATTERS Results Are Sent To Congress - Let Congress Hear Your Voice
PLEASE TAKE NATIONAL POLLS AND PETITIONS. YOUR OPINION MATTERS
Results Are Sent To Congress - Let Congress Hear Your Voice
Alabama is to pass new legislation identifying police officers as a protected group in order to prosecute criminals who attack them more severely. They are classifying as a hate crime because it attacks a certain class of individuals: police officers.
This most recent proposal is the next step beyond the 2015 “Thin Blue Line” bill (HB 953) presented in the U.S. House of Representatives by Jeff Sessions (R. Alabama), and will follow on the heels of many state-level laws designed to provide greater protection for police and other first responders.
Hate crimes are usually defined as violent or destructive crimes targeting a person or group of people based on ethnicity, national origin, sexuality, gender, disability, or religion. It is usually granted to groups who have suffered significant systemic and historical bias. While the status of protected classes of people are, at the federal level, fairly limited, each state may create other protected classes in accordance with their laws.
The “Thin Blue Line” proposal of Sessions at the Federal level will seek to add an occupation to the list of protected groups.
So, we all know, love, and need our first responders. They are the heroes that walk among us every day and keep society running in an orderly fashion. They make us proud of their selfless service to community and nation. But is a job a protected class, akin to race and gender? Is the media overhyping recent events and thereby fanning the flames on both sides? Share your thoughts here.