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house Bill H.R. 2437

Back the Blue Act of 2017

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      house Committees
      Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
    IntroducedMay 16th, 2017

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Back the Blue Act of 2017

Official Title

To protect law enforcement officers, and for other purposes.


Back the Blue Act of 2017 This bill amends the federal criminal code: to establish new criminal offenses for killing, assaulting, and fleeing to avoid prosecution for killing a judge, law enforcement officer, or public safety officer; to expand the list of statutory aggravating factors in death penalty determinations to also include the killing or attempted killing of a law enforcement officer, judge, prosecutor, or firefighter or other first responder; and to broaden the authority of federal law enforcement officers to carry firearms. The bill amends the federal judicial code to limit federal court review of challenges to state court convictions for killing a public safety officer or judge. It amends the Revised Statutes of the United States to limit the recovery of compensatory damages and prohibit the recovery of attorney's fees by an individual for a violation of rights that occurs as a result of (or in the course of) conduct that constitutes a felony or crime of violence. Finally, it directs the Department of Justice to make grants to law enforcement agencies and nongovernmental organizations to promote trust and improve relations between law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve.
    I'm all for supporting police, but I'm not for removing liability when they violate civil rights. This will just move us closer to a police state.
    This is a terrible bill that adds extra penalties that remove power from local jurisdictions. The bill also removes the ability to sue police forces for injuring or killing a perpetrator of a crime.