Louisiana Passes ‘Blue Lives Matter’ Law Making it a Hate Crime to Target Police

The “Blue Lives Matter” bill, passed both chambers of the Louisiana legislature and was signed into law by Governor John Bel Edwards. (CNN)

LOUISIANA – With the nationwide friction between the Black Lives Matter movement and supporters of law enforcement as a backdrop, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards signed a bill Thursday expanding the state’s hate-crimes statute to add the targeting of police officers, firefighters and EMS personnel.

“Coming from a family of law enforcement officers, I have great respect for the work that they do and the risks they take to ensure our safety,” Edwards said Thursday, adding, “they deserve every protection that we can give them.”

Traditionally, a crime is considered a hate crime if the victim is targeted because of identity-based characteristics such as their race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, etc.

Louisiana becomes the first state to add one’s chosen vocation to that list, something that has rankled opponents.

“Working in a profession is not a personal characteristic, and it is not immutable,” said Anti-Defamation League Regional Director Allison Padilla-Goodman.

While Padilla-Goodman said the ADL supports enhanced penalties for crimes against law enforcement officers, she said the law “weakens the impact of the Hate Crimes Act by adding more categories of people who are already better protected under other laws.”

Deadly ambush prompted bill

State Rep. Lance Harris wrote HB 953 after Darren Goforth, a Texas sheriff’s deputy, was ambushed, shot and killed while in uniform last August.

“It looked like it was strictly done because someone didn’t like police officers, like a hate crime,” Harris said, adding that including officers and first responders to the hate-crime statute made sense because the existing law already is broad, covering attacks because of the victim’s race or gender or affiliation with certain organizations.

“In the news, you see a lot of people terrorizing and threatening police officers on social media just due to the fact that they are policemen. Now, this (new law) protects police and first responders under the hate-crime law,” Harris said, adding that he considers legislative action necessary because the crime is “done strictly out of hate for the officer and his uniform.”

“For those individuals who choose to target our heroes, the message formalized in this legislative act should be clear and the consequences severe,” Col. Mike Edmonson, superintendent of the Louisiana State Police, said Thursday.

Response to Black Lives Matter

Former police Lt. Randy Sutton of Las Vegas, a 34-year police veteran and spokesman for Blue Lives Matter — a national organization made up of police and their supporters formed in response to the Black Lives Matter movement — said he classifies police officers as a minority group.

He said the new law is “important because symbolically it advises that there is a value to the lives of police officers. When you give value, it acts as a deterrent in one sense, but it also is a tool to add extra punishment for the assaults and the crimes against them.”

“Very rarely is it a first-time offender that kills cops,” Sutton said, adding that it’s usually people committing crimes like robbery or who are being pursued by police who turn to shooting officers.

That Edwards signed the so-called “Blue Lives Matter” bill comes as no surprise; the first-term Democrat has said he would since it sailed through both chambers of the Louisiana Legislature in recent weeks, including by a unanimous 91-0 margin in the Republican-led House of Representatives.

“The overarching message is that hate crimes will not be tolerated in Louisiana,” he said after signing it.

 

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76 comments

  • Ginny Lee Moss

    So, what are the ‘consequences’ for targeting an officer? What’s the difference in that, and straight out attacking an officer? What’s the good of it?
    “Working in a profession is not a personal characteristic, and it is not immutable,” said Anti-Defamation League Regional Director Allison Padilla-Goodman.
    Yes, it is a characteristic, Padila. An officer of the law has committed to putting his life on the line for the safety of the citizens. I’d say that’s a strong characteristic!

      • Kim

        Religion is also a choice, but it’s covered under hate crimes. I think this applies. Hatred and violence against an entire group of people because of the uniform they wear. Deplorable activity seen by famous, wealthy, and educated (questionable) people encouraging these actions should be a clear reminder of our past and how other groups have been targeted.

      • mary brien

        Well how about they choose not to respond than…because they fear for their lives …because of the choice of their profession …after all it is a choice to not want to die because of some hate filled thug…or an ambush..or some drunken fool is brandishing a weapon. How about that for a choice…call your Crack dealer when you need assistance…

        • spookym

          Because they feared for their lives? Hate filled thug? Drunken fool with a weapon? Crack dealer? LMFAO. “Sorry, we only respond to Girl Scout scuffles, and lost teddy bear calls. Have a nice day!”. Clearly, they made the WRONG choice of profession!

      • Deb

        And it’s a choice to plan the killing of police officers because they wear a uniform. It’s also a choice to break the law and put yourself in a situation where you are suspect.

  • Jeff Carr

    What about security officers? Often placed on the front lines and more often than not, forced to confront actors unarmed. . .

  • Lucas Benoit

    Police are not here to ensure your safety. They are called Law enforcement officers. Enforcing lawful and unjust laws does not make you an officer that protects anyone.

    • Ran

      That’s bull crap and you know it, you as a American citizen are not able to pick and choose what laws to follow. Then when a officer does there job there unjust if you don’t like the laws move. They protect us and they enforce the law

  • rob

    All lives matter if they put there hand on me I have the right to defend myself.. my life matters too..if cops wouldn’t be prices and think the can do what they want they wouldn’t get punched…. they don’t wanna be targeted neither do the ppl… .. I find this racist… blue life’s matter…lmmfao…

    • Tommy

      Your right, they should also be held accountable for their actions, they should answer to a civilian board that has no affiliation with any law enforcement.

      • Tommy

        I can see our courts flooded with bogus hate crime cases, I wouldn’t go as far to call these people heros, put their lives on the line? The only calls I see my buddies answering is bootie calls. I’m not anti police nor am I pro, let’s be real hear, you have never heard any cop say he wanted to be a cop to make a difference, half the ones I know are on roids, hell, you have to be pchyco just to pass the matrix test.

      • Baker

        A board of ignorant individuals with no training or understanding of the job. You’re a special kind of stupid aren’t you?

        • Ed

          “ignorant individuals with no training or understanding of the job”
          Sounds a lot like you’re describing some of the police officers that have been making headlines lately for shooting and/or abusing unarmed, innocent victims.

    • Dave Johnson

      I think it is a terrific idea ! The police have been so afraid of being the ones always ridiculed that they cannot properly do their job ! That makes all people unsafe. We have to start somewhere !!!!

    • BILL MCCLELLAN

      The only smart thing you said was All Lives Matter. Obviously yours doesn’t with stupid ass comments like that. The only thing racist around here is you

  • robert

    FUK YOU SH’T COP!! come at me with attitude? expect the worst…not all of us will just stand by and let you have your way, scum..want my location? try me scum

      • Pedro

        Cops aren’t murdering black people, black on black violence is murdering black people. Also check the stats more white people have been killed by cops than blacks. This goes for all races, don’t resist and listen to verbal commands and everything will turn out fine. Only thing you have to worry about is going to jail if you committed a crime. That’s the problem though right people want to commit crimes and when caught not take responsibility for their actions and fight/resist the police. It’s never law abiding citizens crying about police actions it’s criminals or people jumping on the bandwagon cause it’s what the hot topic is. Do a little research into the statistics of people shot by police.

        • LetsTalkAboutFacts&Reality

          Actually Pedro, YOU need to look more closely at the stats. As a percentage, blacks are shot by police at about double the rate of whites and unarmed blacks, triple the rate of whites. Of course more whites are shot than blacks because they make up so much more of the population – complex math, I know, but I bet you can figure it out if you really try. Also, it is not just criminals who get arrested and go to jail. 98% of felonies are plea-bargained out because the accused are so poor and so scared and the system is so over-taxed and they are given such poor and incompetent representation that they don’t know or believe they have any other options. And by the way, a third of the field tests for cocaine / meth come up as false positives (crumbs of food can lead to a positive result as can aspirin) and many of those tests go unconfirmed because the poor victims of the out of control criminal justice system plea out before further tests are conducted. So… the risk IS being poor and living in the wrong neighborhood and being treated differently by law-enforcement and the system.

  • Vkeng

    So, I guess I am quite confused…what exactly defines “hate crime”. If I see a cop shoot a man 14 times as he walks away from him…I xant have an “opinion” in Louisiana w/o it being considered “hate”. Cops already get away with FAR to much illegal activity without consequence…this law only provides the sorry ones more of that! I have much love and respect for the “good” cops, but the crooked cops or the ones the feel “above the law” or the cops that protect each other by lying or not being fully truthful…doesnt bother me a bit if you take one to the head because youvare no better then them!

  • w/o prejudice and jurisdiction

    that funny.. but yet police are train and taught to profile people and the police forget that the untied state citizens have common law rights under The Constitution for the United States of America. The Constitution for the United States of America was founded upon the Common Law. It is this foundation that we stand upon and operate under. Every document that we draft is based on the constitutionality of the court, it’s jurisdiction or lack thereof and the alleged crime charged. The Common Law still is the Supreme Law of the land.

  • Richard Murrison

    If I was a cop and was called to a black neighborhood, I would just go eat some donuts. Lets see if Blue lives matter then. The blacks need to take care of their own problems if they hate cops so much.
    Oh they do there are more that 90% of black killings done by blacks. Oh My.

    • Dylan

      Every single race is killed mostly by their own race. what does that have to do with cops getting away with killing unarmed black men and children?

    • Barry

      And I think Blacks should collectively stop paying taxes. Don’t want to Serve and Protect then our tax dollars will not pay for the whites protection. Let them pay double and triple the amount of taxes. So, let them eat their doughnuts.

  • free53544

    Looking at these comments? Sad. I see people who are so tied into the media they can’t see past their noses. Half of what the media says is a lie. How many times have they been in trouble for making up ‘news’. Hasn’t it occurred to any of you to actually look at what is going on and not just rely on the media? A hate crime is targeting someone, resenting someone because they are different in someway. Perhaps I can help you gain some perspective on this. One. After looking at a bunch of reports I see there is a lot less ‘racial profiling’ then people realize. A lot of it is media hype for the sensationalism, but people in general refuse to accept that. Also. Part of the theory of the government THROUGH the media, is divide and conquer. If people were to join forces, no matter the race, talk and compare notes, a lot of the politicians and laws that aid in the problems we see going on would not be in place. They would have been voted or petitioned out. Also. In almost every case of ‘deadly force’ encounters. The cops were ignored, argued with, attacked. The person approached also in most cases made sudden moves. You do NOT ignore, argue, attack or make any, any move without first making sure the cop knows what you are doing. More cops die because they wanted to protect you by stopping you to let you know your headlight is out, than most any other situation except domestic violence calls. That is why cops are so touchy about things. And can you blame them? Also, It does not matter who you are, where you are, rich or poor. There are those who are going to bully and/or threaten. So there are bullies among cops just like anywhere else. Whites get bullied just as much as Latinos, black and every other race. More whites are killed by cops than any other race. That is a fact that Black lives matter and the media does NOT what anyone to know. I have 3 kids, all in their 40’s. I have one child, who, when stopped argued with the cops, so ended up with a sprained wrist and a ticket. He tried that poor pitiful me card many blacks, and others love to play. His older brother told him to dial 1-800-cry-wagh, that “maybe someone there will give a damn”. Why? Because he knew his brother brought it on himself by arguing and fighting with the police. That was back in 1981. He was stopped because a headlight was out and it was late evening. A really dangerous situation, it could have caused a wreck, someone not realizing it was a car, not a motorcycle. After that he was stopped often. And we’re white. And because he is so argumentative with everyone he can’t keep a job, or girlfriends. Who’s going to put up with someone who has to argue about everything and who pulls the poor pitiful me card all the time. Every so often when he comes around his older brother will ask. Are you sure he is one of us? Because his attitude is so different that the rest of us.

  • Jim L

    Another worthless hate crime law. All these laws do is make politicians look like they are doing something good when all they are doing is creating division. I don’t care if someone is killed with a gun (registered or not, assault style or not) or a baseball bat. DEAD IS DEAD!! It doesn’t matter what weapon is used. It doesn’t matter what the motivation was. Someone’s family now has an empty chair at the table. All the hate crime laws will not make it any easier to catch the killer nor will they suffer any more when sentenced. If only we had real old fashioned common sense in prosecuting these cases. If they are found guilty of murder, regardless of who the victim was, sentence them to death and execute within a year or so. We don’t need more hate laws.

  • steve hages

    I support this, as in a crime, not just voicing an opinion. Crime as in threat of violence is a crime, stating an opinion about police misbehavior is not a crime. We need to be very careful not to start to erode 1st amendment.

  • Airborne Ranger

    Blue lives do matter, and if this bothers you then your life is worthless. If you were to put on a uniform to see what we do daily then you might change you mind. How would you like to walk around in public with your family and to be terrified some dirt bag realizes your a cop. When that person or several people approach you and want you dead for just doing your job, well you are really fucked in the head. Because we say the law enforcement oath we will not back down and I promise I will do whatever it takes to walk away from this being not defeated.

    • Yo mama

      Maybe if blacks wouldn’t commit so many crimes, who knows maybe they won’t be profiled, don’t tell me no shit majority of the prison inmates are black, Maybe if they clean up their act and do something right in stead of drugs or gang banging ahhh who am I fooling they won’t do a god Damn thing but fucking complain and cry racist

  • Greg K. Liebig Sr.

    AS IT SHOULD BE !!

    WHEN A POLICE OFFICER DIES AT THE HAND OF A CRIMINAL LIKE ALTON STERLING THEN THAT CRIMINAL SHOULD BE PUT TO DEATH !!

    AMERICA, IT IS WAY PAST TIME FOR SWIFT AND GODLY JUSTICE TO BE METED OUT TO THESE EVIL PEOPLE !!

    Genesis 9 : 5. And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man’s brother will I require the life of man.
    6. Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.

    IT IS TIME FOR THE REAL GODLY JUDGES TO STEP UP AND BRING BACK QUICK JUSTICE !!

    JUDGE ROY BEAN STYLE !!

    AMEN !!!

  • Pedro

    The “Blue Lives Matter” bill, passed both chambers of the Louisiana legislature and was signed into law by Governor John Bel Edwards. (CNN)
    LOUISIANA – With the nationwide friction between the Black Lives Matter movement and supporters of law enforcement as a backdrop, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards signed a bill Thursday expanding the state’s hate-crimes statute to add the targeting of police officers, firefighters and EMS personnel.

    “Coming from a family of law enforcement officers, I have great respect for the work that they do and the risks they take to ensure our safety,” Edwards said Thursday, adding, “they deserve every protection that we can give them.”

    Traditionally, a crime is considered a hate crime if the victim is targeted because of identity-based characteristics such as their race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, etc.

    Louisiana becomes the first state to add one’s chosen vocation to that list, something that has rankled opponents.

    “Working in a profession is not a personal characteristic, and it is not immutable,” said Anti-Defamation League Regional Director Allison Padilla-Goodman.

    While Padilla-Goodman said the ADL supports enhanced penalties for crimes against law enforcement officers, she said the law “weakens the impact of the Hate Crimes Act by adding more categories of people who are already better protected under other laws.”

    Deadly ambush prompted bill

    State Rep. Lance Harris wrote HB 953 after Darren Goforth, a Texas sheriff’s deputy, was ambushed, shot and killed while in uniform last August.

    “It looked like it was strictly done because someone didn’t like police officers, like a hate crime,” Harris said, adding that including officers and first responders to the hate-crime statute made sense because the existing law already is broad, covering attacks because of the victim’s race or gender or affiliation with certain organizations.

    “In the news, you see a lot of people terrorizing and threatening police officers on social media just due to the fact that they are policemen. Now, this (new law) protects police and first responders under the hate-crime law,” Harris said, adding that he considers legislative action necessary because the crime is “done strictly out of hate for the officer and his uniform.”

    “For those individuals who choose to target our heroes, the message formalized in this legislative act should be clear and the consequences severe,” Col. Mike Edmonson, superintendent of the Louisiana State Police, said Thursday.

    Response to Black Lives Matter

    Former police Lt. Randy Sutton of Las Vegas, a 34-year police veteran and spokesman for Blue Lives Matter — a national organization made up of police and their supporters formed in response to the Black Lives Matter movement — said he classifies police officers as a minority group.

    He said the new law is “important because symbolically it advises that there is a value to the lives of police officers. When you give value, it acts as a deterrent in one sense, but it also is a tool to add extra punishment for the assaults and the crimes against them.”

    “Very rarely is it a first-time offender that kills cops,” Sutton said, adding that it’s usually people committing crimes like robbery or who are being pursued by police who turn to shooting officers.

    That Edwards signed the so-called “Blue Lives Matter” bill comes as no surprise; the first-term Democrat has said he would since it sailed through both chambers of the Louisiana Legislature in recent weeks, including by a unanimous 91-0 margin in the Republican-led House of Representatives.

    “The overarching message is that hate crimes will not be tolerated in Louisiana,” he said after signing it.

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    42 COMMENTS

    GINNY LEE MOSS
    So, what are the ‘consequences’ for targeting an officer? What’s the difference in that, and straight out attacking an officer? What’s the good of it?
    “Working in a profession is not a personal characteristic, and it is not immutable,” said Anti-Defamation League Regional Director Allison Padilla-Goodman.
    Yes, it is a characteristic, Padila. An officer of the law has committed to putting his life on the line for the safety of the citizens. I’d say that’s a strong characteristic!

    MAY 28, 2016 AT 6:13 PM REPLY

    SPOOKYM
    Blue life is a choice, not the same as skin color.

    JULY 20, 2016 AT 7:09 AM REPLY

    KIM
    Religion is also a choice, but it’s covered under hate crimes. I think this applies. Hatred and violence against an entire group of people because of the uniform they wear. Deplorable activity seen by famous, wealthy, and educated (questionable) people encouraging these actions should be a clear reminder of our past and how other groups have been targeted.

    JULY 20, 2016 AT 7:42 AM REPLY

    MARY BRIEN
    Well how about they choose not to respond than…because they fear for their lives …because of the choice of their profession …after all it is a choice to not want to die because of some hate filled thug…or an ambush..or some drunken fool is brandishing a weapon. How about that for a choice…call your Crack dealer when you need assistance…

    JULY 20, 2016 AT 10:18 AM REPLY

    DEB
    And it’s a choice to plan the killing of police officers because they wear a uniform. It’s also a choice to break the law and put yourself in a situation where you are suspect.

    JULY 20, 2016 AT 10:47 AM REPLY
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    JEFF CARR
    What about security officers? Often placed on the front lines and more often than not, forced to confront actors unarmed. . .

    MAY 30, 2016 AT 8:58 AM REPLY

    LUCAS BENOIT
    Police are not here to ensure your safety. They are called Law enforcement officers. Enforcing lawful and unjust laws does not make you an officer that protects anyone.

    JUNE 1, 2016 AT 1:17 AM REPLY

    RAN
    That’s bull crap and you know it, you as a American citizen are not able to pick and choose what laws to follow. Then when a officer does there job there unjust if you don’t like the laws move. They protect us and they enforce the law

    JULY 20, 2016 AT 11:15 AM REPLY

    AMAZEDHUMAN
    Each and every one of the states need to implement this. ASAP.

    JUNE 3, 2016 AT 8:45 PM REPLY

    ROB
    All lives matter if they put there hand on me I have the right to defend myself.. my life matters too..if cops wouldn’t be prices and think the can do what they want they wouldn’t get punched…. they don’t wanna be targeted neither do the ppl… .. I find this racist… blue life’s matter…lmmfao…

    JUNE 9, 2016 AT 5:53 PM REPLY

    TOMMY
    Your right, they should also be held accountable for their actions, they should answer to a civilian board that has no affiliation with any law enforcement.

    JUNE 10, 2016 AT 4:20 AM REPLY

    TOMMY
    I can see our courts flooded with bogus hate crime cases, I wouldn’t go as far to call these people heros, put their lives on the line? The only calls I see my buddies answering is bootie calls. I’m not anti police nor am I pro, let’s be real hear, you have never heard any cop say he wanted to be a cop to make a difference, half the ones I know are on roids, hell, you have to be pchyco just to pass the matrix test.

    JUNE 10, 2016 AT 4:40 AM REPLY

    MIKE_HUNT
    Someone needs to get your ass a dictionary

    JULY 19, 2016 AT 9:13 PM REPLY

    BAKER
    A board of ignorant individuals with no training or understanding of the job. You’re a special kind of stupid aren’t you?

    JUNE 12, 2016 AT 7:04 AM REPLY

    DAVE JOHNSON
    I think it is a terrific idea ! The police have been so afraid of being the ones always ridiculed that they cannot properly do their job ! That makes all people unsafe. We have to start somewhere !!!!

    JUNE 11, 2016 AT 11:57 PM REPLY

    BAKER
    You’re ignorant.

    JUNE 12, 2016 AT 7:02 AM REPLY

    ROBERT
    FUK YOU SH’T COP!! come at me with attitude? expect the worst…not all of us will just stand by and let you have your way, scum..want my location? try me scum

    JUNE 11, 2016 AT 2:14 AM REPLY

    SAM
    Typical n*gger

    JUNE 11, 2016 AT 3:27 AM REPLY

    CJ
    Typical white trash lol

    JULY 20, 2016 AT 12:37 AM REPLY

    MIKE_HUNT
    Robert sounds like your typical Internet badass.

    JULY 19, 2016 AT 9:10 PM REPLY

    JOHN
    Then get shot you ignorant bastard

    JULY 19, 2016 AT 11:24 PM REPLY

    CJ
    Chickens comin home to roost aint they Robert?? U aint alone brotha

    JULY 20, 2016 AT 12:49 AM REPLY

    RAN
    Stupid

    JULY 20, 2016 AT 11:18 AM REPLY

    RETIRED ARMY GUY
    Screw BLM! Their entire existence is based on a racist and fraudulent narrative!

    JUNE 12, 2016 AT 12:35 PM REPLY

    DYLAN
    Go on. Tell us how its racist to want people held accountable for murdering black people

    JULY 20, 2016 AT 10:56 AM REPLY

    PEDRO
    Cops aren’t murdering black people, black on black violence is murdering black people. Also check the stats more white people have been killed by cops than blacks. This goes for all races, don’t resist and listen to verbal commands and everything will turn out fine. Only thing you have to worry about is going to jail if you committed a crime. That’s the problem though right people want to commit crimes and when caught not take responsibility for their actions and fight/resist the police. It’s never law abiding citizens crying about police actions it’s criminals or people jumping on the bandwagon cause it’s what the hot topic is. Do a little research into the statistics of people shot by police.

  • Shandell

    Protect and serve! That’s what it’s all about not punish and enslave! Thank You to the one with a good heart serving us and putting up with the chaos!

  • Sam

    Shouldn’t it be a hate crime to target ANY demographic? Whether gender, sexuality, race, religion, career, birthplace or hair colour – it still counts as targeting a demographic. I thought that was the basis of the term “hate crime”… Was I mistaken?

  • Jon Griffin

    So What passing more laws ain’t go do shit ! Hell you already go to jail for doing shit to police .. This and Community & Race Relation issue thats wtf they need to be Focusing on and trying to solve

  • Ben Whitlock

    According to Dictionary.com, under the definition s of hate, the adjective definition is as follows:
    6. noting or relating to acts that are motivated by hatred, prejudice, or intolerance. So… Any CRIME, that is committed against a particular group of persons, whether because of their COLOR, or what the believe in, or what they DO. So… If a specific portion of the population is bring targeted because of their profession, it IS hate crime specifically targeted at THAT group of persons who have that specific profession.

  • Alice

    Great. As long as they protect the people how they want to be protected!! They need to quit their bullshit with the people. Cops get away with so much because theyre blue. They take advantage of so many people.

  • Kathy

    making it a ‘hate crime’ won’t matter. if it did then people who are different from others, who are believed to be a part of the ‘sub group’ of humans would no longer be suffering from hate crimes, would not longer being killed or put into prison under false pretense, wouldn’t get pushed out of groups and forced to create their own to then only be ridiculed for creating their own group. It’s a dumb law, right? RIGHT? I mean, it’s like the all the gun laws, right? Having more background checks, making sure those who are on the ‘no fly list’ don’t get guns legally, having a mental health checklist to fill out as part of your background check won’t make things better, right? I mean there is no way to make owning a gun safer, for anyone, right? Do you get my point?

  • Timothy soule

    Blue lives matter is a racist organization, created to crush a legitimate civil rights movement.
    Police are already protected by a lot more laws than me. Even a police dog is ‘more valuable’ than me, as when you kill a police dog, the sentence would be longer than if you’d killed me.

    Religion is not a choice as one ignorant person stated in their comment. People are born into their religion. Most don’t choose it.

    Police are not above the law, though they are treated as if they are. They are allowed to kill someone out of fear and call it a human error in a stressful situation, but a citizen with a policeman’s gum in his face is not allowed to error or they can be shot for their mistakes.

    Police get paid a salary to do their job. They choose their job. Some are good at it, others are bad at it. Like any field.

    I’m tired of being told they are more important than the rest of us.

    And just because your organization supposedly supports the police doesn’t make you any less racist and useless.

    If they really wanted to support police they would call it ‘support our police’. Instead they cowardly hid their racist intent behind a cause that were not allowed to question because saying cops should be held to the same laws as the rest of us makes me ‘anti-police’.

    Tired of racists, abuse of authority, and people who are above the law.

  • Neo

    This is a step in the right direction. Yes there are rotten coppers out there but mainly they are after bad guys not good guys so yeah let’s not hate on the dudes in blue

  • Sovereign Mary

    I hate the term “Hate Crime.” It is a crime to target the police or anyone.
    We don’t need to use any extraneous hyper definitive and embellishing terms for what is already and greatly considered a crime.

  • Chris

    Our military must wait to fire until fired upon. Its easier for our police officers to kill our own citizens than it is for our military to kill our enemies.

  • Chris t

    Fuck that governor and the family of his he wants to protect don’t nowbody care about what he thinks he made up some crap I his head of your a cop you chose to be asshole

  • Criss

    So the cop that punched the pregnant woman (8 months pregnant) in her stomach for laughing with a group of bystanders as she was going into her home because he was out ran by a suspect..while calling her a black b#@’% and causing her to go into premature labor and telling her she’s lucky he didn’t make her lose her baby…is that considered a hate crime? He didn’t change his tune until she advised him there was surveillance cameras on the building…and now the Chicago pd is trying to stall trying to get the footage……BLM was started to address the abuse of power…all other killings are horrendous and black on black…white on white..white on black…black on white needs to stop along with all other crimes and acts of violence…but none of it excuses abuse of power and lack of prosecution