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“Blue Lives Matter” Law Grants Privileged Status to Cops — Resisting Arrest Can Soon be a Hate Crime

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Baton Rouge, LA — Last year, in an outburst of pure insanity, the National Fraternal Order of Police, a union representing over 300,000 officers, called for cops to be included under Congress’s hate crimes statute. This demand has now materialized into actual legislation about to be signed into law in Louisiana.

Bill HB 953, which passed the legislature this week, is going to change the state’s hate crime law to include law enforcement and firefighters.

A hate crime is defined by Congress as a “criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, ethnic origin or sexual orientation.”

The bill, which is based solely on appeal to emotion, and not in fact, changes the state’s hate crime provision to say:

It shall be unlawful for any person to select the victim of the following offenses against person and property because of actual or perceived race, age, gender, religion, color, creed, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, or ancestry of that person or the owner or occupant of that property or because of actual or perceived membership or service in, or employment with, an organization, or because of actual or perceived employment as a law enforcement officer or firefighter …

Speaking out in support of this type of legislation last year, Chuck Canterbury, the national president of the union, said-

“Nine deliberate murders of law enforcement officers in space of a single year also deserves Congressional attention!”

While we certainly aren’t discounting the police officers killed while on duty, the sheer pompousness it takes to assume such a higher than thou attitude is stunning. The last few years have been the safest years on record since the days of alcohol prohibition for police officers. 

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In fact, last year happened to one of the safest years on record for law enforcement according to the FBI’s own data.

Consequently, 2015 was one of the deadliest years on record for citizens being killed by police. What about those lives? Do any of those lives matter?

Rep. Lance Harris advocated for the bill by falsely claiming that police are under attack. Drawing short on evidence for his assertion, Harris referenced the two tragic deaths of NYPD officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos.

It is undeniable that police officers have been killed in the line of duty, some of them ambush style, but adding some arbitrary law to the books to define this killing as an act of hate, won’t change anything. In fact, it would likely add to the divide by showing the citizens that the state now actually considers that police lives matter more.

This legislation will treat any perceived ‘crime’ against police officers as an act of hate and add another 5 years to a person’s sentence because of it.

Police officer is a job, an occupation. Hate crimes are in place to protect race, gender, religion and sexual orientation, not occupations.

What this law will eventually do is make police officers an elite protected class for no other reason than their choice to become a police officer. By this logic, private security officers should also be protected under hate crime laws as they are the targets of murder far more often than police officers.

Pandora’s box has already been opened.

“Hate crime legislation was created because certain crimes – beating someone for being openly gay or wearing a turban … – are meant to strike fear in the heart of a community,” Anna Merlan writes for Jezebel. “[But] being a law enforcement officer is a job, not a fixed, immutable identity like race, gender or sexual orientation: the things at the center of actual hate crimes.”

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Aside from the glaring special privilege this law grants to police, it will also serve to undermine the protections for those who actually endure ethnic, racial, and gender-based violence because of who they are.

Laws with the intention of granting special privilege to the enforcement class in American are already taking hold. For example, a newly enacted Oklahoma statute makes any “assault” on an off-duty law enforcement officer a felony even if acting in self-defense against a drunken off-duty cop in a bar fight. Any physical contact with the anointed law enforcement officer can now be considered a felony.

What does it say to the mother of a physically abused 4-year-old boy who watches someone who assaults a cop get a harsher sentence than the person who assaulted her son because of the mere fact that the person they assaulted carries a badge?

Aside from the horribly flawed logic behind granting a privileged class status to public servants, the idea of treating assault on a police officer as a hate crime has frightening implications considering how often people are charged with assault on a police officer.

When someone, guilty or innocent, attempts to pull away from cops trying to arrest them, or protect themselves from a police assault, they are almost alway charged with resisting arrest often followed by assault on an officer.

The officer need only state in his report that the subject resisted because he didn’t like cops — now a hate crime has been committed and the person is facing an additional 5-year sentence.

By calling this legislation the “Blue Lives Matter” bill, police are revealing their hand and the real impetus behind such an offensive act. They are apparently seeing the calls for greater police accountability, increasingly spawning across the nation, as attacks on the police in general.

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As a defensive mechanism, the ruling class is seeking to establish a clear blue line in the sand that cannot be crossed without it being interpreted as an attack on the very fabric of the status quo. Logic and reason — be damned.

  • Rogue cops cost us money

    Since cops are so paranoid, trigger happy, they are so SPECIAL, now the want the same protections as LGBT. I guess they belong in the same category.

  • JdL

    Wow, cops are getting really desperate! They’ll try anything before they’ll look in the mirror and ask, “Do people hate me because I act like an asshole day in and day out?”

  • Greg Geitner

    i refuse to let these annimals disrespect me, upon pain of death.

  • gininitaly

    So where is the petition to sign against said law?

  • Sirios

    Cop ” Stop resisting ”
    Citizen “stop resisting what?”
    Cop ” stop resisting hating me”
    Citizen. ” Sir I don’t hate you”
    Cop. ” yes you do, your just resisting hating me”
    Citizen. ” no really , I just hate that your saying that I’m hating you”
    Cop. ” Ok, your under arrest”
    citizen. ” For what?”
    Cop ” For hating being accused of hating me”

  • Gordon Klock

    This can only enable the corrupt ones even further, like giving an angry little kid a bazooka….
    It would seem the new slave labor/prison system project is moving right along…(despite being short sighted as to the long term effects it is bound to create)….

  • Brando

    Police unions are not to be trusted. Police are not to be trusted. Police are not our friends.

  • SaltHarvest

    “adding some arbitrary law to the books”

    That’s a pretty succinct description of hate crime laws in general. This one is for the police outgroup.

  • Ed

    Rep. Lance Harris, If you can’t figure out if it’s a hate crime under the rules we have now then your stupid or an idiot!

  • I’m Talking

    This is worse than a bad law. This is a racial law. Cops will have a field day charging blacks with this.

  • felixinmontana

    Certainly the most disgusting act of legislation I have seen since the patriot act.

  • anarchyst

    This has already occurred. Recently, while at a bar, a drunk cop started a fight with another patron. The cop was off-duty and not in uniform. The accosted patron had no idea that his attacker was a cop.
    The accosted patron was charged with “assault upon a police officer”. It turns out that there were other cops in the bar who took the side of the cop. The charges and subsequent disposition of this case are pending.

  • OvidiuGOA

    Hahaha Hahaha Hahaha where is this country going it’s patetic

  • KarenO

    So, nine killings of cops deserve Congressional attention, huh? But, killing unarmed black men, some of them shot in the back, doesn’t? Amazing.