Louisiana’s Governor Signs Blue Lives Matter Bill: Targeting Police Is A Hate Crime [VIDEO]

Louisiana’s Governor Signs Blue Lives Matter Bill: Targeting Police Is A Hate Crime [VIDEO]

Louisiana’s Governor Signs Blue Lives Matter Bill: Targeting Police Is A Hate Crime [VIDEO]

More than 80 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty in 2015. Of those, 41 of them were specifically targeted and murdered.

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The unrest, violence and vitriol hurled at law enforcement has been getting increasingly worse since the events in Ferguson in 2014. Law enforcement is hesitant to do their job. They are spending more time looking over their shoulders in anticipation of a bogus political lawsuit, or spurious criminal charges i.e.; Baltimore landing on their heads instead of doing what they are trained to do.

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Well, many feel that its way past time to step up for our guardians.

There’s a new movement percolating, a “Blue Lives Matter” push that seeks to raise penalties for violence against police and first responders but that also could serve as a controversial counter to the Black Lives Matter movement.

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In Louisiana a bill, crafted in response to the heinous murder of TX Sheriff Deputy Darren Goforth, passed with full bipartisan support and was signed into law yesterday afternoon.

Louisiana’s governor signed a first-of-its-kind bill Thursday afternoon that makes it a hate crime to target police officers and first responders.

Called the “Blue Lives Matter” bill, the measure expands the state’s hate crime law to include law enforcement officers, firefighters and other emergency medical services personnel.

“The overarching message is that hate crimes will not be tolerated in Louisiana,” Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards told FoxNews.com in a written statement. He added that he has “great respect” for the work that law enforcement officers do and the daily risks they take.

Similar legislation on the national level has been proposed in both the House and the Senate. Congressman Ken Buck (R-CO) a former district attorney in Weld County, CO introduced the Blue Lives Matter Act of 2016 in mid-March.

“I’ve been in law enforcement for 25 years before I started in this job,” the Windsor Republican said. “I’ve seen over and over both police officers on the street and federal agents, jail deputies and bureau of prison officials being threatened by very dangerous people. I have a passion for trying to protect those who protect us. That’s what this bill is about.”

Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) introduced the Thin Blue Line act and this video ad.

Others aren’t too keen on any of the legislation. It seems that the Black Lives Matter movement, which we all know is chock full of sweetness and light, has their shorts in a bunch because Blue Lives Matter is hijacking their brand! I kid you not. The Anti-Defamation League, of course, had to chime in their 2 cents as well. Supposedly adding a so-called “professional” category means that identity-based hate crimes won’t be protected. Wait what??

When someone targets a police officer or sheriff deputy BECAUSE he or she is wearing that uniform its definitely because of identity! The uniform they wear IS their identity whether the ADL likes it or not.

I and many others don’t like the fact that things have gotten so bad in society that we have to have Blue Lives Matter legislation. But you know, given today’s climate of hatred towards those whose motto is Protect and Serve, its now fact that we must protect those who protect us.

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I don’t care if the Black Lives Matter idiots or the ADL has their shorts in a bunch over this. I would choose these officers

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And the countless officers and first responders who run INTO danger every single day to save lives…

Over this:

Or this:

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Rioters in Baltimore destroying police car.

Any day of the week.

Law enforcement is an extremely dangerous profession, one that has become worse over the last few years due to the rhetoric and violence they encounter on a daily basis. The men and women in blue, all 900,000 of them, are doing the very best they can under increasingly difficult and dangerous circumstances, to protect and serve over 300 million Americans. Whether the critics of this legislation care to admit it or not, our first responders demonstrate 24/7 that ALL lives matter.

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  • GWB says:

    Well, many feel that its way past time to step up for our guardians.

    NO! They are NOT our guardians! We are NOT children to be protected by others! We are – or were, at any rate – FREEDMEN, responsible for our OWN safety and well-being!
    Police are nothing more than people hired to do full-time what is every free citizen’s duty. In believing otherwise, you help to create the elitist state in which tyranny grows.
    Don’t you argue that we should be able to pack heat so we can protect ourselves? How is this reconciled with putting cops on a pedestal as our “guardians”?

    makes it a hate crime to target police officers and first responders

    Wait, aren’t we AGAINST “hate crimes”? I thought we were FOR “equality under the law” and such?

    Others aren’t too keen on any of the legislation.

    And not all of them hate cops.

    The uniform they wear IS their identity whether the ADL likes it or not.

    Not by the definition of “identity” the progs use. And I’m not sure I like the idea that much, either.

    Law enforcement is an extremely dangerous profession

    Sorry, but not by a long shot. It is one of the safer professions, actually, in terms of number of deaths and injuries on the job.

    ALL lives matter

    Then why should any of them be protected above others? In most jurisdictions it is already an aggravating offense to commit a crime against an on-duty police officer, and it’s a capital enhancement to murder in almost every state. So, why does it even need to be a “hate crime”?

    BTW, “hate crimes” not only offend equality under the law, they also offend logic. Who is really more dangerous to society? The man who holds a grudge against all _______ people, who can then prepare to defend themselves against him? Or the man who simply kills or hurts for the sheer enjoyment of it or because of the demons in his mind who drive him to it, but has no particular target in mind?

    I have a lot of respect (without any further knowledge that would cause disrespect) for police. I was very nice and apologetic to the ones who came out this week when my alarm wouldn’t shut off. Heck, I even called the dept and apologized when I figured out that it was my fault.
    But it’s also hard to respect them when they sit in their cruiser at a light and watch people run the red in front of them. Or when they drive slowly in the left lane, etc.
    No matter what, though, they are neither my masters nor my guardians.

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