The Congressional hate crimes statute already considers a hate crime to be any 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.”
Now the Daily Mail is reporting that in the wake of the shooting of two NYPD officers following weeks of tense nationwide police brutality protests, the National Fraternal Order of Police want killing a police officer to be officially added to the federal hate crime statute.
‘Right now, it’s a hate crime if you attack someone solely because of the color of their skin, but it ought to be a hate crime if you attack someone solely because of the color of their uniform as well,’ said executive director Jim Pasco.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said when asked about the initiative it was ‘something that we’ll have to consider.’
The renewed push for harsher hate crime laws goes hand-in-hand with Attorney General Eric Holder calling for tougher hate crime laws back in 2009 to quote, “stop ‘violence masquerading as political activism’.”
In the meantime, there’s still no word on when — or even if — the federal government is going to start keeping data on how many citizens are shot by police officers in this country each year.
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