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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
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  • 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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Title

Protect and Serve Act of 2018

Official Title

To amend title 18, United States Code, to punish criminal offenses targeting law enforcement officers, and for other purposes.

Summary

Protect and Serve Act of 2018 This bill amends the federal criminal code to add a new section that imposes criminal penalties on a person who knowingly causes (or attempts to cause) serious bodily injury to a law enforcement officer in certain circumstances that affect interstate commerce.
    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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    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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    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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    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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    Police are people, not a special class in need of protection. Existing law covers them adequately.
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    This is crazy. The states are in charge and should be left that way. This would overwhelm the federal courts and take the rights of states away.
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    In this day and age ANYTHING including defending oneself from bodily harm can be marked as “attack” on police. Far less police fall victim of anti police attacks than police brutality. We cannot allow the government to create more excuses to murder citizens without judge and jury. If the prospect of risking ones life while in the line of duty frightens an officer I humbly ask you to consider other employment ....
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    This is a state and local function. The federal government should not have legislation for this.
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    When flinching while being kicked on the ground is often called resisting arrest and assault on an officer, it should not carry an even stricter punishment than what already comes with it.
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    Contrary to popular belief, badges do not grant extra rights.
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    This is completely unnecessary and clearly political grandstanding. The states are perfectly capable of handling these kinds of crimes. Congress should focus more on unarmed Americans especially black Americans that are shot and killed by police everyday.
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    No. It's a state crime unless it's a federal officer, then it's a federal crime. Keep the laws the way their suppose to be and stop trying to grant extra rights / privileges to police. There is already way to much...
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    Should police attacking an unarmed person be a federal offense??
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    Those who support this just want another reason to put people of color in jail. This isn’t about any individual cop—it’s about a system that doesn’t care about black lives. Harsher punishments for assaulting a cop means more innocent people in jail with longer sentences, thereby funding for-profit prisons. Cops need deescalation training now. The system needs to be uprooted.
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    It's ALREADY a crime. This is just filler to give cops more excuses and privilege when they are caught breaking the laws they are supposed to protect. You want to give cops more protection while also supporting the citizens they are HIRED to serve? Make body cameras MANDATORY and fire/incarcerate those who do not comply to body cams.
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    Police officers aren’t employed by the federal government, they’re employed by the state. Thus: no federal crime. Putting this bill forth just wastes time and money.
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    Citizens need protections from Police Officers, this is another layer of reckless empowerment. Makes sense only if there is a rigorous citizen self-defense exclusion. Too many citizens are being murdered, or assaulted by Police Officers.
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    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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    What about when the police shoot a unarmed person? Example : African Americans
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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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