Police officers hold the thin blue line between order and chaos in our society. Recently, many officers have been shot in the streets as part of Black Lives Matter protests. Well, Texas is sick of police being treated this way and they are doing something about it.
The Conservative Tribune reports that the Texas legislature is working on a bill which will classify attacks against cops as hate crimes. “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 reporters.
The bill was filed less than 24 hours after a San Antonio police officer was shot and killed by a disgusting and twisted individual.
Detective Benjamin Marconi was shot in the head twice while sitting in his patrol car outside police headquarters on Sunday morning. He was declared dead at the San Antonio Medical center shortly thereafter.
The suspect, Otis Tyrone McKane, was quickly taken into custody based on security camera footage from the scene of the crime.
Marconi was one of four police officers who was shot on Sunday. These were all similar incidents where assailants targeted the officers while they were sitting in patrol cars. Luckily, the other three officers survived their attacks.
Clearly, Texas believes that it is time to make it clear to the Black Lives Matter protesters that if they attack a police officer they are going to do serious time.
“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 told reporters. The Governor, Greg Abbott has said that he wanted a similar type of legislation.
Legislators want the bill to be passed as soon as possible so that it can discourage any new attacks from happening, and also so that judges and prosecutors have the tools they need to punish anyone who decides to repeat these crimes.
“In the wake of the tragic ambush that occurred in San Antonio along with the other three police shootings that happened across the nation yesterday, I have reminded our officers to take extreme caution as they perform their duties and to always be aware of their surroundings and cover each other,” the Dallas Police Department’s Interim Chief David Pughes told his officers.
It is a shame that the people who protect us have to be looking over their shoulder when they are supposed to be the ones looking over our shoulder. By making police officers afraid to do their jobs, these criminals have only made their communities more dangerous for everyone.