BREAKING: Popular U.S. State Makes it a Hate Crime to Attack Cops

June 18, 2017

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Nearing the one-year anniversary of the execution-style deaths of five Dallas police officers by a Black Lives Matter sympathizer, the state of Texas is upping the ante to show their support for our brave men and women in uniform.

Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott made it clear last week that he fully supports the Police Protection Act, which will make crimes against law enforcement officers a felony hate crime.

You don’t mess with Texas! 

The new measure, HB 2908, passed the legislature with just one lawmaker, Rep. Jarvis Johnson, a Houston-area Democrat, voting against the bill.

Abbott initially signaled his support for the measure just days after a radicalized leftist used a sniper rifle to kill five Dallas police officers. Abbot said:

The men and women in uniform risk their lives every day to protect the public, and it is time we show them the State of Texas has their back. Texas will no longer tolerate disrespect for those who serve, and it must be made clear to anyone targeting our law enforcement officials that their actions will be met with severe justice.

The law will add law enforcement officials and judges to those who are threatened or targeted on the basis of their race, color, disability, religion, national origin or ancestry, age, gender, or sexual preference. As such, any person who causes injury to a police officer or judge will be subject to a felony of the first degree if found guilty.

A felony of the first degree in Texas is punishable by 99 years to life in prison, with a mandatory minimum sentence of five years. The individual convicted will also be subject to a fine up to $10,000.

Additionally, if an individual restrains a police officer or judge “or in retaliation or on account of an exercise of official power or performance of an official duty as a peace officer or judge,” said individual would be guilty of a felony of the second degree. That crime carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison with the possibility of a fine up to $10,000.

Leftist push-back

“Civil rights advocates” such as the Austin Justice Coalition argue that the new measure will result in historically marginalized groups being targeted and is a step in the wrong direction for relieving mass incarceration:

Although the work of peace officers is incredibly important, and many put their lives on the line every day, their inclusion into this statute meant to address bias and prejudice is inappropriate.

Supporting our heroes 

The new measure could further accelerate a new trend in the United States. Law enforcement officers have been in dire need of support for many years, and Texas’ boldness could lead to many other states voting to pass similar measures.

Echoing Texas’ sentiment, President Trump has also signed pro-law enforcement executive orders that ensure funding for officers on the street, and anyone who tries to do them harm will be aggressively prosecuted.

In the era of Trump, brave men and women in uniform will continue to receive the support and appreciation they desperately deserve. Hats off to Texas for leading the charge!


Martin Walsh

Martin Walsh is a staff writer for The Conservative Institute.  He has a Master's degree from the University of Mississippi in International Relations and leads a college lecture on terrorism.