Alabama wants to make attacking cops a hate crime.

What’s next? Firemen? Teachers? Bus drivers?

If lawmakers get on board with proposed state legislation, attacking a police officer may soon be a hate crime in Alabama.

This week Alabama Rep. John Rogers asked the state House to pass a new law identifying police officers as a “protected group” so that those who attack them can be prosecuted more severely.

“It is a hate crime because it attacks a certain class of individuals: police officers,” Rogers said to WBRC Fox6 in Birmingham.

According to the FBI, a hate crime is 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.” The status of protected classes is limited at the federal level, but allows room for each state to create additional protected classes in accordance with their laws. Rogers’ proposition would make police officers a protected class in Alabama.

This most recent proposal is the next step in the Rep. Jeff Sessions’ 2015 “Thin Blue Line” bill presented in Congress. It also follows in the wake of many state-level laws designed to protect police officers and other first responders.

Rogers intends to officially introduce the new measure February in the next legislative session. “It is a hate crime, so therefore I support it. I will have that bill drawn up tomorrow,” Rogers said.

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  1. Leonard Jones says:

    I absolutely agree with you on this one Antz! The very moment this debate began
    I predicted the consequences. My first thought was that these laws would add
    to existing laws and be applied to motives (Thoughts) that may or may not have
    motivated a crime. Lady Justice is supposed to be blind. We are supposed to punish
    the act itself, not the reason behind it.

    My second thought was that there was going to be abuses that would result in unequal
    application. Two guys kill a homo outside of a bar in a robbery unrelated to his sexual
    preferences = hate crime. Black guy shoots up a New York subway does not = hate
    crime. White guy kills a black dude in self-defense = hate crime. Black guy kills a white
    guy in the commission of a robbery does not = hate crime.

    I knew this would be abused from the beginning!

  2. redneckgeezer says:

    Hate crime laws are lame. If somebody murders another human being, classifying it as murder, then executing the asshole would suffice in each case. As for me, I hate hate crimes.

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