In his eight years in the White House, Barack Obama has done very little to protect the lives of our nation’s law enforcement and speak out against the growing hostility and violence against them.
Now, Texas lawmakers are attempting to combat the growing number of attacks on officers with a bill that would make attacking a police officer or a first responder a hate crime.
“We’re going to ask that it become an emergency legislative item for the governor so that as soon as we get to Austin in January, we pass it right away, make it law right away,” Republican State Rep. Jason Villalba told Fox News.
If this legislation makes it through, it would toughen the penalties for attacking a police officer, firefighter, or any other emergency personnel. The proposal was introduced after last week’s murder of a San Antonio police officer—who lost his life simply for writing a traffic ticket.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott Called on lawmakers to draw up a bill like this one last year after a sniper targeted five police officers in Dallas.
According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, 58 police officers have been killed this year alone in shootings, and seven of those victims have been in the Lone Star state.
What do you think of this proposed legislation? Do our officers deserve all the protection they can get?