- Gov. McCrory - Hate Crime protections for cimes against law enforcement
- United States of America
Everyday, law enforcement officers, as well as, first responders are targeted, harmed or killed by unstable individuals simply because they are an officer. To date, there have been several incidences of officers being killed in the line of duty for simply sitting in their patrol cars and enjoying a moment of peace in a day filled with violence and chaos. The perpetrators of these crimes are never charged with hate crimes even though they freely admit to singling out law enforcement with the intent to harm or kill.
Officers go to work everyday knowing that they could face death. If officers and first responders are targeted for wearing a uniform or performing the functions of their job, then they should have the same protections afforded to others who are singled out because of some distinguishable characteristic.
Stiffer penalties, hate crime penalties, should be put in place to protect the men and women that tirelessly serve us .
North Carolina Needs to adopt The Blue Lives Matter Bill, a bill that recognizes and treats crimes committed against law enforcement both ON and OFF duty and first responders as hate crimes.
The FBI describes a hate crime as "a traditional offense like murder, arson, or vandalism with an added element of bias". A criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, or gender identity.”
Basically, people who commit hate crimes commit them based on the ability to IDENTIFY members of a specific group that they are biased against.
There have been several documented incidences of mentally unstable criminals or individuals with a personal vendetta against law enforcement that actively and purposely target police and first responders simply because they can recognize them by the uniform they wear. Many of these acts of violence were committed without the individual ever having any interaction with the particular officer that was targeted. The crime was committed simply based on the ability to identify the officer and the opportunity to facilitate the crime, just as with all other hate crimes that have been committed.
The men in women in blue protect us day in and day out, placing their lives on the line each day that they report to work. Anyone who seeks to single out and harm an officer ON or OFF duty simply because they are an officer should be charged with a hate crime.
The Adopt the Blue Lives Matter Bill petition to Gov. McCrory - Hate Crime protections for cimes against law enforcement was written by Ann Norvell and is in the category Government at GoPetition.