‘Thin Blue Line Act’ would impose death penalty on those who target police
By Jared Morgan
Detroit Police Sgt. Kenneth Steil’s casket is carried to the hearse outside of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in St. Clair Shores Friday, Sept. 23, 2016. (Photo: MLive Detroit)
A bill that would impose the death penalty on those convicted of killing or attempting to kill first responders passed overwhelmingly in the U.S. House on Thursday.
“America’s police officers and first responders are the first ones on scene to help those in harm’s way,” said the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., in a statement. “These brave men and women and their families put it all on the line and deserve our unwavering support. Getting this bill signed into law will protect those who serve our communities and send a clear message: targeting or killing our first responders will not be tolerated.”
The “Thin Blue Line Act” was approved in the chamber 271-143 and amends the federal criminal code to add the offense to a list of factors when considering the harsh punishment.
Critics of the measure argue it is redundant and will serve to create a further divide between law enforcement and the communities they’re sworn to protect.
An opinion piece featured on political blog The Hill cites federal criminal code, saying the