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house Bill H.R. 4760

Should Deliberate Attacks Against Police Officers be Prosecuted as Hate Crimes?

Argument in favor

Police officers put their lives on the line every day to ensure public safety in the communities they serve. The least that Congress can do is use federal hate crime laws to deter and punish those who wish to harm law enforcement officers simply because of their profession.

BTSundra's Opinion
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03/31/2016
There is an extreme anti-law sentiment going around currently, and if people kill a police officer just because they're a police officer, that's like killing a white person because they're white and should be treated as such.
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Tylersmith's Opinion
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05/06/2016
If people can say police brutality is a thing and that they kill blacks as a hate crime, then it should be just the other way around. The majority of police just want to help, so nobody should have a reason to try to attack one.
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Sid's Opinion
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04/03/2016
Police officers are protectors and the racism thing has been blown out of proportion by liberals who want to start a race war. If you kill a police officer because you "hate" police then that's a "hate crime".
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Argument opposed

Crime is crime, and the federal government should treat all crimes in the same manner without classifying certain offenses as “hate crimes” because of the victim’s characteristics. Police officers provide a vital service, but attacks against them shouldn’t be considered hate crimes.

Josef-paul's Opinion
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03/31/2016
If a police officer attacks someone of a minority, it isn't considered a hate crime unless the community is in an uproar. Why then classify attacks on police officers as hate crimes and further segregate them from the rest of society. This could also be seen as another push for special treatment of police officers.
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RobertWBartels's Opinion
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04/01/2016
Hate crimes are perpetuated against groups of people based on things they can't control such as race, sexuality, or even nationality. The police are not an ethnic group, they are an authority. Any attacks against them should be considered like any crime against a city government official would be.
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aexjohnson's Opinion
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03/31/2016
Law enforcement needs to address their own hate crimes or at least acknowledge them. Law enforcement does not need any more entitlement but need to be held accountable for actions committed by their departments.
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      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
    IntroducedMarch 16th, 2016

What is House Bill H.R. 4760?

This bill would make it a hate crime to cause or attempt to cause bodily harm to a police officer because of their actual or perceived status as a law enforcement officer. The crime would be punishable by for up to 10 years imprisonment. However, in cases involving the actual or attempted murder, kidnapping, or aggravated sexual abuse of an officer the perpetrator could face a life sentence.

No offenses could be prosecuted as a hate crime against a police officer unless the Attorney General certifies in writing that:

  • The state doesn’t have jurisdiction;

  • The state has requested that the federal government assume jurisdiction;

  • The verdict or sentence obtained from state-level charges left unvindicated the federal interest in eliminating bias-motivated violence;

  • A prosecution by the U.S. is in the public interest and necessary to secure justice.

Nothing in this legislation would prevent or limit the authority of federal officers or grand juries to investigate possible hate crimes against police officers.

A seven-year statute of limitations for offenses against officers that didn’t result in death would be put in place by this legislation, although there would be no statute of limitations for crimes leading to the death of an officer.

Impact

Police officers who would be targeted as the victims of a hate crime; perpetrators of crimes against police officers; and federal prosecutors.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 4760

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) introduced this bill to protect police officers from being the targets of violent attacks simply because of their profession:

“Despite the risk, our law enforcement officers put on their uniform every day so that they can serve our communities. Whether based on skin color or uniform color, a crime motivated by hate is not going to be tolerated in America. By adding law enforcement to the federal hate crime statute, we can protect those who protect us.”

A total of five House Republicans have signed on to this legislation as cosponsors.


Of Note: According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, there have been have been 29 police officers killed so far in 2016 and 15 of those were firearms-related — a 114 percent increase over 2015.

On July 7, 2016 at a Dallas protest over the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by police officers, at least 12 officers were shot by snipers. Five officers were killed in what is being called the deadliest attack against police officers since 9/11. Three suspects are in custody, and a fourth was killed in a standoff with police.


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Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Flickr user MTAPhotos)

AKA

Blue Lives Matter Act of 2016

Official Title

To make an attack on a police officer a hate crime, and for other purposes.

    There is an extreme anti-law sentiment going around currently, and if people kill a police officer just because they're a police officer, that's like killing a white person because they're white and should be treated as such.
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    If a police officer attacks someone of a minority, it isn't considered a hate crime unless the community is in an uproar. Why then classify attacks on police officers as hate crimes and further segregate them from the rest of society. This could also be seen as another push for special treatment of police officers.
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    Hate crimes are perpetuated against groups of people based on things they can't control such as race, sexuality, or even nationality. The police are not an ethnic group, they are an authority. Any attacks against them should be considered like any crime against a city government official would be.
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    Law enforcement needs to address their own hate crimes or at least acknowledge them. Law enforcement does not need any more entitlement but need to be held accountable for actions committed by their departments.
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    The title of "Hate Crime" was meant to acknowledge the particular vitriol and prejudice behind crimes committed against marginalized and oppressed peoples simply because they are who they are. Cops are not oppressed people and in fact generally have the upperhand in the power dynamic when interpersonal interactions become viral and political. This would just be putting more power into the hands of the all-powerful.
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    Since when is an occupation something one cannot choose?
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    What a ridiculous piece of legislation, when people encounter police, they are either viewed as a savior or a villain. Depending on what you're doing at the time. Everyone either loves them or hates them. It's an occupational hazard. This bill is pandering at its finest.
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    If people can say police brutality is a thing and that they kill blacks as a hate crime, then it should be just the other way around. The majority of police just want to help, so nobody should have a reason to try to attack one.
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    This would make Police Officers above the law.
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    Police officers are protectors and the racism thing has been blown out of proportion by liberals who want to start a race war. If you kill a police officer because you "hate" police then that's a "hate crime".
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    They choose their profession and are aware of the dangers that they face. They also already have special laws that mandate heavier sentences for crimes committed against police officers than of regular citizens. Hate crime is a designation for either people who are hated for something circumstantial that they can not help like race, gender, nationality, gender-identity (homosexuality) or religion which is supposed to be a benign choice that doesn't impose or infringe on anyone else (because in the US, we have freedom of religion and a separation of Church and State).
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    Should deliberate attacks by police officers count as hate crimes? Especially if it's agains people with certain characteristics? This is a ridiculous bill, assault on a police officer should count as an assault without classification.
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    HATE CRIMES?! REALLY??!! I'm totally against defining ANY CRIME as a "hate crime! This was a clever leftist ploy to get people used to "newspeak"! Wake up, people! This is another aspect of SOCIAL ENGINEERING! ASSAULT IS ASSAULT AND MURDER IS MURDER! CALLING THEM HATE CRIMES AGAINST A PARTICULAR GROUP OF PEOPLE (DEFINED BY WHATEVER CRITERIA YOU CHOOSE) DOESN'T MAKE SOMEONE MORE ASSAULTED OR MORE DEAD! You can see where this brainwashing tactic has led us. Colleges are implementing such inane rules as students being told to say "oops!" or "ouch!" - depending on whether they are the person who said something considered offensive, or the person who felt offended. See story at: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/frenchrevolution/2017/03/02/college-implements-new-oops-ouch-rule-student-suspended-questioning-call-culture/?utm_content=bufferdd2dc&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer WHAT ALL THIS AMOUNTS TO IS THE GRADUAL DESTRUCTION OF OUR RIGHT OF FREE SPEECH! Yes, motives count in solving crimes and prosecuting criminals. But it can be tricky trying to prove MOTIVE or INTENT. I give you the FBI's investigation of Hillary Clinton as evidence of that! Lastly, this whole issue of attacks against our LEOs does NOT need interference by the federal government. This is a matter for the states and local governments to resolve. The Democommies won't be happy until our LEOs are taken over by the federal government OR worse, by the UN! They don't WANT power to be in the hands of WE THE PEOPLE! Here's how the brainwashing is done: Cultural Marxism and the Red International Women’s Day By Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh, March 8, 2017 Insidious cultural Marxism has affected; Academia, Liberal textbooks, books in general, movies, main stream media, Internet, television The insidious cultural Marxism has affected the minds of millions, how they think, how they perceive the world around them, life in general, and how humanity evolved. Academia, liberal textbooks, and books in general, movies, the main stream media, Internet, and television have shaped a new generation of drones who worship at the feet of cultural Marxism. Karl Marx and the Bolsheviks in Russia tried to unite the proletariat by force under the Soviet banner but countries resisted, they cared more about their nationalism, their borders, about their economic freedom than the Bolshevik’s envy and desire to destroy capitalist success. But Antonio Gramsci’s idea, lesser known to the western world, was to change the western culture, the American and European culture slowly, so that the new generations will be willing and eager to accept Marxism. The Marxist-Communist Party in Germany established in 1923 an institute later known as the Frankfurt School, to overturn the accepted societal standards and replace them with Marxist ideals. When Hitler rose to power, these “scholars” were chased out of Germany and they sought refuge in America, at Columbia University in New York – George Lukas, Antonio Gramsci, Charles Reich, Max Horkheimer, Theodore Adorno, Erich Fromm, and Wilhelm Reich. George Soros’ Open Society Foundations and other NGOs, injected the virus of Cultural Marxism into societies around the globe So far they’ve been quite successful in destroying Christian morals upon which the west was founded, replacing Christianity with values such as “cultural pessimism, sexual revolution, destruction of marriage and family, feminism, gender identity, transgenderism, bathroom use by biological opposites, and same sex marriage.” George Soros’ Open Society Foundations and other NGOs, injected the virus of Cultural Marxism into societies around the globe, with large infusions of cash that produced generations of followers at universities, high schools, middle and elementary schools, in the mass media, and Hollywood’s militant actors who fancy themselves the ultimate scholarly authority. Generations of politicians, actors, lawyers, doctors, teachers, journalists, professors, and other intellectuals have graduated from this school of thought in the last 25 years. Many advisors to presidents in Europe and the U.S. have been brainwashed as well into the Cultural Marxism school of thought. A very high percentage of my former high school and college students were products of Cultural Marxism and its intolerance for divergent opinions and belief systems. Europe, by virtue of its location, is more advanced in its acceptance and total embrace of Cultural Marxism but we are not that far behind. Communists who call themselves progressives today have co-opted language and invented Political Correctness, a form of language censorship, among other things, to indoctrinate the pliable youth into Marxism. You could say that language matters. http://canadafreepress.com/article/cultural-marxism-and-the-red-international-womens-day?utm_source=CFP+Mailout&utm_campaign=0bd160477e-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_03_09&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d8f503f036-0bd160477e-291128889
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    This is a stupid bill and honestly I think South Park handled this situation the best early on in the show. They pointed out that what society and the government are doing is tacking hate crimes specifically to crimes of discrimation mainly picking out ethnicity and/or sexual orientation but the truth of the matter is EVERY crime is a HATE crime because any crime attacking/harming someone is due to hateful thoughts, hateful spirit or whatever the case. Unless it's all violent crimes then hate crime shouldn't be thrown around. So what you're telling me, is if a white guy decides he wants to beat me up because he doesn't like me, that isn't considered a hate crime?? Sure sounds like a crime of hatred to me...... Furthermore, all this does is continue to drive a wedge between people,whether it's racial segregation or because of someone's job you are then singling those groups out turning them into a minority. There is only 1 race we should be concerned...
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    By definition, a hate crime is committed against those for things they did not choose. Others have said the same more eloquently but that doesn't make it less true. Crimes against those for their skin color, their born religion, sexual identity or gender are hate crimes. Crimes against a profession that one chooses doesn't classify. I love our police, but don't love their actions all the time. Fix the root of the problem and society will respect them again.
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    No! They should be treated as crimes against police officers -- which in many jurisdictions require more severe penalties.
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    If someone who hated Apple products decided to kill or harm an Apple employee should that be considered a hate crime against Apple employees? Does the same go for Walmart employees, or any other business for that matter. You can't say it's not the same because logically it is. Police officers are doing a job as part of an entity but it's a choice to be part of that entity.The logic of this Bill is flawed no matter how you feel about police officers you must understand that.
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    All it takes is one big incident with a bunch of cops getting shot and we're considering legal protection for the cops, yet hundreds of black lives are destroyed over a period of YEARS and we blame those same black lives?!? I'm literally astounded. Don't worry America, we don't have a race problem.
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    When black men and women are shot by law enforcement, it has not been treated as a hate crime, so I do not believe that this is the kind of legislation, we need at this moment. We cannot only be concerned about the lives of law enforcement, and not about the black men and women who have lost their lives right and left. What I would like to see is legislation on police reform, because the incidents we are seeing of violence against law enforcement are stemming directly from a broken justice system.
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    Two things: 1st. Police do an essential and dangerous job protecting us and maintaining order. 2nd. Anyone who chooses to join a police force knows that he/she will be going into harm's way every day--which is the reason police are armed and have authority to use force. Given this reality, NAY! It is certainly horrific & tragic that violent people occasionally target police. It is also horrific & tragic that violent men abuse & murder their families. And that sexual predators target women & children. The thing that sets police apart is that they are armed & have an opportunity to defend themselves without consequence. Women often end up in prison because they defend themselves and/or their children against an abuser. Women who are raped and children who are abused are often re-victimized by being blamed for the crime of the predator. As I understand the definition of a hate crime, it is targeting a person for something that they did NOT choose: race, gender, sexual orientation, etc. Targeting a police officer doesn't meet that standard. He/she made a choice to work in a dangerous field. If you choose to walk into the danger, it seems to me that you have personal responsibility for that choice. This bill appears to be a punitive response--lawmakers favorite thing these days--to Black Lives Matter. I am not supporting any violence but I am saying that many police departments have developed a culture of hostility & violence against minority communities. As those who are armed & have impunity when using force, they need to fix the problem they created by misuse of the authority with which they were entrusted. They do not deserve special protection! They need to act responsibly & take responsibility for the hostility they fueled. And fix it! Putting more people in jail for a problem that arose because of police misconduct is not a solution. It is one more misguided step in creating more public distrust of police--making police less safe not more safe.
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