I am all for doing something for the police. Stop handcuffing the police with investigations into their every move, give them the authority – free from monday morning quarterbacking – to take the actions they need to take when their lives or the lives of others are at risk, SUPPORT them – presidents, community leaders, police administrators, citizens – stand behind our cops!
Texas legislators filed a bill Monday that would make it a true hate crime (versus a phony one) to purposely and maliciously target either police officers or first responders for execution.
“We’re going to ask that it become an emergency legislative item for the governor so that as soon as we get to Austin in January, we pass it right away, make it law right away,” State Rep. Jason Villalba told Houston station KHOU.
What made this bill especially noteworthy was that it was filed less than 24 hours after a San Antonio police officer was gunned down.
“(Detective Benjamin) Marconi was shot twice in the head while sitting in his patrol car outside of police headquarters late Sunday morning,” WFAA reported. “He was taken to San Antonio Military Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.”
Thankfully, the suspect in this case, Otis Tyrone McKane, was quickly identified, tracked down and taken into custody, courtesy of surveillance footage from the scene.
According to Fox News, however, three other officers across the nation were also shot Sunday in similar “incidents (that) appeared to be targeted attacks and involved law enforcement officers sitting unsuspectingly in their patrol cars, either waiting in traffic or after pulling vehicles over for traffic stops.” These three officers made it out alive.
It was clear nevertheless that changes needed to be made to the law to discourage crazed maniacs and possible “Black Lives Matter” goons from targeting police officers for execution.
“Texas will arm our prosecutors, D.A.’s and judges with every tool they need to punish to the fullest extent possible those who harm our first responders,” Villalba also told KHOU.
Ya know…ust supporting BLM should be a hate crime! They do absolutely nothing for the good. They only disrupt the lives of innocent citizens. And yes they assault whites!!!
Hard to be sympathetic to a group of people who say black lives matter but shoot each other in their own neighborhoods. The Federal government should have named it a hate crime from the beginning. Unfortunately, the upper-echelons of our government lack the testicular fortitude to do anything about it, so it’s left to the states to take care of it. Great job Texas!