Bill To Expand Hate Crimes Law for Police Introduced
Colorado Representative Kenneth Buck has introduced legislation in Congress that would expand the existing federal hate crime law to include police officers.
Earlier this year, James Pasco, executive director of the Fraternal Order of the Police. stated:
“We feel it’s inappropriate to target people because of the color their skin and it’s inappropriate to target people because of the color of their uniform”
The last time the federal hate-crime law was expanded was in 2009, when the president signed into law that included sexual orientation, disability, gender and gender identity to the existing categories of race, color, religion and ethnicity, which are also protected by various state laws.
The National Fraternal Order of Police President Chuck Canterbury issued the following statement in support of the legislation.