hate crime laws

Texas Law Makes an Attack Against Law Enforcement a Hate Crime

August 2, 2017

This post discusses H.B. 2908, an expansion of hate crime protections to benefit law enforcement professionals. Governor Gregg Abbott originally backed the expansion after five police officers were attacked and killed in Dallas in July 2016. H.B. 2908 goes into effect on September 1, 2017.

Similarly, the Thin Blue Line Act, a federal bill, was recently passed in the U.S. House. The bill imposes the death penalty on an individual or group convicted of attempting to kill or killing first responders.