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Don't Go Hatin' on the Cops

Post by Aresen » 24 Mar 2017, 17:56

Kentucky Becomes Second State to Add Police to Hate Crimes Law
This week Republican Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin signed into law House Bill 14, which adds law enforcement and emergency responders to the state's hate crimes law.

Technically, this is supposed to mean that if somebody intentionally targets a person for a crime because they're police officers, he or she may face enhanced sentences for a conviction. That's how hate crime laws are used in cases when a criminal targets somebody on the basis of race, sexual orientation, religion, and other protected categories.

But Louisiana has already passed a law just like this one, part of a whole "Blue Lives Matter" movement, and what we've seen so far is a push by law enforcement to classify any attempt to resist them as a hate crime. It's not being used to add punishment for those who target the police, because to the extent that police get targeted for attacks or ambushes, these are extreme, high-profile outliers.

What really happens when police have attempted to apply the law in Louisiana, it's because people say nasty things to police while resisting arrest. As C.J. Ciaramella previously noted, one police chief in Louisiana has said this is how he believes this law is supposed to function. He flat out said that people who resist arrest could face enhanced charges under the state's hate crime laws.
Yeah. There is no way that could be abused.
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Re: Don't Go Hatin' on the Cops

Post by Painboy » 24 Mar 2017, 18:47

Aresen wrote:Kentucky Becomes Second State to Add Police to Hate Crimes Law
This week Republican Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin signed into law House Bill 14, which adds law enforcement and emergency responders to the state's hate crimes law.

Technically, this is supposed to mean that if somebody intentionally targets a person for a crime because they're police officers, he or she may face enhanced sentences for a conviction. That's how hate crime laws are used in cases when a criminal targets somebody on the basis of race, sexual orientation, religion, and other protected categories.

But Louisiana has already passed a law just like this one, part of a whole "Blue Lives Matter" movement, and what we've seen so far is a push by law enforcement to classify any attempt to resist them as a hate crime. It's not being used to add punishment for those who target the police, because to the extent that police get targeted for attacks or ambushes, these are extreme, high-profile outliers.

What really happens when police have attempted to apply the law in Louisiana, it's because people say nasty things to police while resisting arrest. As C.J. Ciaramella previously noted, one police chief in Louisiana has said this is how he believes this law is supposed to function. He flat out said that people who resist arrest could face enhanced charges under the state's hate crime laws.
Yeah. There is no way that could be abused.
I'm fairly certain those who pushed hate crime laws originally didn't see this one coming.

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Re: Don't Go Hatin' on the Cops

Post by JasonL » 25 Mar 2017, 09:24

Because zod knows cops weren't a protected class before ...

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