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house Bill H.R. 5698

Should Attacking a Police Officer be a Federal Crime?

Argument in favor

Law enforcement officers are increasingly being targeted in premeditated ambushes, and making such attacks a federal crime with a heavier prison sentence would deter criminals from carrying them out.

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05/14/2018
I am shocked that this is even a question? It absolutely should be a federal crime. Police Officers are here to protect us, and risk their lives doing so. We, in turn, should do all we can to protect them.
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Trish's Opinion
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05/16/2018
This is not a simple answer. There should be a way for checks and balances. Not all police are good but the law has to be honoured
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Geoff's Opinion
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05/16/2018
Yes, but on the same note Police Officers need to be held to the same standard citizens are held to. If you violate the law you need to be prosecuted. Just because you have a badge does not exempt you from being held accountable for illegal actions.
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Argument opposed

This bill is political grandstanding and it’s already a crime to attack a law enforcement officer. Congress should focus on measures to address policing standards and protect communities.

BeStrong's Opinion
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05/16/2018
NO. Every week, we see officers escalating their own behavior. At traffic stops, from the use of “F” bombs to shootings, we see officers out of control. Their hyper focus is on persons of Color. This law is ripe for abuse and an unnecessary overreach by the Fed government. This is not about safety but is (R) pandering. **This Congress PASSED this Bill 😡
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viceabbess's Opinion
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05/16/2018
Attacking a police officer should only be a federal crime when it’s a federal crime for them to attack us. I’m a voter in Ohio’s 12th congressional district and I oppose this bill.
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Michael's Opinion
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05/16/2018
Only if it applies in the reverse case as well. Lots more people are being killed by cops than the other way around. Respect is earned... not legislated.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
  • The house Passed May 16th, 2018
    Roll Call Vote 382 Yea / 35 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedMay 8th, 2018

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    Attacking a police officer is already a crime. But I'm all for looking into harsher punishments to deter the crime.
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    This bill is too heavy handed. Some police officers would never assault someone without cause, but the videos of past years have shown that plenty of police officers out there abuse their power to injure, maim, and murder those they are sworn to protect. Assaulting a police officer is already a crime, and this bill would only empower the bad cops out there to operate with near impunity.
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    Police officers are a figure of fear, and who can just whole heartedly trust them. They shouldn’t be impermeable people. This just gives them more power
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    I don’t know...should shooting an unarmed human be a federal crime??
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    They already have enough power as it is
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    We have a problem in our country and filling more prisons, curtailing the rights of more people by labeling them “ felon,” is not going to help. Our citizens are afraid of our police, in many communities, already. We need to sow mutual trust and understanding. Police have a difficult job and it would serve them and us to train them to deal with special populations such as the deaf and hard of hearing ( like myself), the mentally ill, low cognition, and those on drugs. Charging people with a felony when the crime isn’t federal and could be easily used in a malicious and manipulative way would further weaken the public’s confidence in the police. It would also set a dangerous precedent which could ultimately weaken our constitution. It would probably raise share holder values in private prisons, though.
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    No. Some people are not more equal than others. This is legislating class protection. The equal application of law is paramount to a fair justice system. Everyone gets treated the same. All the way to the top and all the way to the bottom.
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    Police can kill you and your dog and go home the same night but if you defend yourself from tyranny you go to jail. The punishment for attacking an officer shouldn't be any more or less harsh than it is for the same attack on an average person. Unless of course, police are somehow better and of greater significance than the rest of us? Now I just know you aren't implying that...
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    Placing the thug enforcers of a corrupt regime above the people is a great way to start a revolution. DO IT.
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    This is naked pandering to the Lawn Order crowd. Police officers have all sorts of protections as it is. It is the civilians who should be protected against police brutality. In the USA police kill well over one thousand civilians a year. Many of these are unarmed.
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    Yes, but on the same note Police Officers need to be held to the same standard citizens are held to. If you violate the law you need to be prosecuted. Just because you have a badge does not exempt you from being held accountable for illegal actions.
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    Quit trying to federalize everything. We want smaller government. Let the states handle their own affairs.
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    I feel the states should, and have, imposed strict punishments already and I feel this is simply unnecessary. I stand by our boys in blue but I don't feel this measurement is quite necessary. Especially since it is basing it off of "interstate commerce and travel."
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    Crime against the police officer is no different than crime against the citizen let's stop considering the police higher than citizens. If you get into public service just like the Army you realize you're giving up some responsibilities and rights for the protection of others. Get it straight
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    I’m sure the local police can handle a case quite nicely when “one of their own” is attacked. We don’t need the Fed to get involved in such local matter an we don’t need to give the FBI any more thingsto do.
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    It is already a crime. It is a dangerous job. People should be aware of that before the become police men/women. I don't think it should be any more unlawful than say attacking someone's grandmother.
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    Why are police officers any different than firefighters, EMT’s and other civil servants? This begins a slippery slope and uses the federal government to supersede local jurisdictions. In the current state of affairs, with so many cases of police officers being found not guilty of shooting unarmed people of color and other abuses, this legislation can easily gloss over and/or hide such travesties.
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    This is already a crime. Why do you need another bill for the same thing.
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    No No Let state decide, not federal. Biggest problems with police are: profiling POC, lack of communication with deaf victims/suspects, lack of psychological analyzing the suspects/victims cuz of their militarily behaviors that can triggers them, history of abusive toward the suspects & victims.
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    At common law, you were always allowed to resist unlawful arrest. Officers should always have the onus of proving an arrest is proper.
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