Sep 18 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. -  This week, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) led a group of Senators in introducing the Protect and Serve Act, legislation that would create federal penalties for individuals who deliberately target local, state, or federal law enforcement officers with violence.

NC Sen. Thom Tillis introduces bill that would make attacks on police officers a federal crime

Several U.S. senators have introduced the Protect and Serve Act, legislation that would create federal penalties for those who deliberately target local, state, or federal law enforcement officers with violence.

The Protect and Serve Act was introduced Thursday by Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina. 

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GOP Senators To Introduce Act Creating Federal Penalties For Criminals Who Target Law Enforcement With Violence

GOP senators are set to introduce legislation Thursday that would enact federal penalties for criminals who purposefully target law enforcement officers with violence.

The Protect and Serve Act would make it a “federal crime to knowingly cause, or attempt to cause, serious bodily injury to a law enforcement officer,” according to an advance copy of the press release obtained by the Daily Caller.

Offenders face up to 10 years imprisonment, but could receive life if the offense includes attempted murder, kidnapping, attempted kidnapping or if a death results from the act.

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'Protect and Serve Act' Introduced by Sen. Tillis Implements Federal Penalties for Offenders Who Target Police

Republican Senators introduced legislation in defense of police officers on Thursday, implementing stricter federal penalties for individuals found to be purposefully targeting law enforcement officers with violence, on the local, state and federal level. 

Spearheaded by Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC), the Protect and Serve Act classifies deliberate harm of police officers as a federal crime, punishable by up to 10 years in prison. If the perpetrator murders a law enforcement officer, the legislation allows for a life sentence to be given to the offender.

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Federal Legislation Proposed to Protect Police, Punish Attacks on Officers

A new piece of proposed legislation introduced for consideration by the United States Senate would make it a federal crime to knowingly cause, or attempt to cause, serious bodily injury to a law enforcement officer. Offenders are subject to imprisonment for up to 10 years. Further, the proposed law would ensure that an offender would receive a life sentence if a death results from the offense, or the offense includes kidnapping, attempted kidnapping or attempted murder.

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The Protect and Serve Act has been endorsed by the Fraternal Order of PoliceNational Association of Police OrganizationsFederal Law Enforcement Officers AssociationSergeants Benevolent Association, and Major County Sheriffs of America.

National Fraternal Order of Police: “The legislation would impose Federal penalties on individuals who deliberately target local, State or Federal law enforcement officers with violence. Eighteen percent (18%) of the officers killed by gunfire in 2019 died as a result of an ambush. So far this year, 229 officers have been shot in the line of duty, 35 of whom died. Eight officers in North Carolina have been shot so far this year, one of whom was killed. Twenty-four law enforcement officers have been ambushed this year, seven of whom were killed. The lethality of these attacks would be much greater but for dramatic improvements in medical trauma science and anti-ballistic technology. Congress should act and act now to address the terrible violence aimed at our law enforcement officers— because the ambush in Los Angeles County will not be the last—by passing the “Protect and Serve Act.” This would send a strong show of support for the men and women in the line of fire and a clear message to those who would seek to do them harm.”

Read the full letter of support here.

Major County Sheriffs of America: “As we seek to enhance trust between law enforcement and the people we serve, it’s imperative that we all agree that deliberate, targeted acts of violence against officers and deputies have no place in our communities.  The Protect and Serve Act will help hold accountable anyone who deliberately carries out such acts of violence.”

Read the full letter of support here.

Sergeants Benevolant Association-NYPD“Increasingly, law enforcement officers are being attacked for nothing more than the badge and uniform they wear.  This was on full display this past weekend in the cowardly ambush attack on two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputies,” said President Ed Mullins of the NYPD Sergeants Benevolent Association.  “After a summer filled with attacks on the police, and pandering state and local prosecutors who refuse to act against the perpetrators of such violence, the ‘Protect and Serve Act’ is vital to ensuring the safety of the men and women of law enforcement. We appreciate Sen. Tillis’s leadership in sponsoring this important legislation.”

Read the full letter of support here.

National Association of Police Organizations: “The Protect and Serve Act would provide for new criminal provisions for deliberate, violent targeted attacks on officers. This bill is critical, as there is a serious and growing trend of armed attacks on law enforcement officers. According to a March 2020 report from the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), 273 officers were shot in the line of duty in 2019, of which 44 officers died from their injuries and 229 survived. 87 of those officers were shot and 14 died in ambushes or premeditated, calculated assaults. NAPO has long been fighting to establish stricter penalties for those who harm or target for harm law enforcement officers. Any persons contemplating harming an officer must know that they will face serious punishments. NAPO strongly believes that increased penalties make important differences in the attitudes of criminals toward public safety officers and ensure protection for the community.”

Read the full letter of support here.

Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association: “The recent spate of attacks against law enforcement officers has been violent and deadly. Across our nation, we’ve seen protests for social justice co-opted by violent riots and destruction. We’ve seen coordinated groups of individuals attack law enforcement officers who in many instances are simply in place to protect the protesters. Arguably the most heinous of this violence has been the brazen targeting of law enforcement officers for assassination, which have in large part been met with ambivalence by many sectors of society. This is why we strongly support the introduction of the Protect and Serve Act.”

Read the full letter of support here