May 31 2019

Spectrum News

Sen. Thom Tillis and a group of other Republican senators in Washington say that those who kill local law enforcement officers should be prepared to face the harshest possible punishment.
 
  • They have introduced the Thin Blue Line Act, arguing it will make people think twice before targeting first responders.
  • Critics of the bill like those at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF) argue the legislation is duplicative.
  • The legislation deals with the so-called “aggravating factors” that juries have to consider in death penalty cases.

 
They have introduced the Thin Blue Line Act, arguing it will make people think twice before targeting first responders.
 
“Keeping our law enforcement officers safe is directly related to keeping our communities safe,” Tillis said.
 
However, critics of the bill like those at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF), argue the legislation is duplicative. They also believe it could stir division between police and the communities they serve.
 
The legislation deals with the so-called “aggravating factors” that juries have to consider in death penalty cases.
 
Targeting a federal law enforcement officer is already an aggravating factor in federal capital cases. Tillis says the bill expands that definition in federal cases to include targeting local law enforcement, local prosecutors, and local first responders.

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