Targeting Police Officers Could Soon Be A Hate Crime In Louisiana
The governor — who's the son of a sheriff — is expected to sign the legislation into law.By Katie Link | May 24, 2016
Louisiana could soon become the first state in the nation to classify an attack against law enforcement officers, firefighters and EMS personnel as a hate crime.
New legislation, dubbed the "Blue Lives Matter" bill, keeps the definition of "law enforcement officer" broad — it includes active and retired officers; city, state and federal officers and even wildlife enforcement agents. Protections against "emergency medical services personnel" include individuals who are paid or volunteering.
The bill passed the state’s House and Senate with little opposition and heads to the governor’s desk next.