Senators Seek New Penalties for Assaulting Police

Senators Seek New Penalties for Assaulting Police

Senators Seek New Penalties for Assaulting Police

Three Senate Republicans introduced legislation last week to strengthen and codify penalties against those who assault law enforcement officers.

Senators Thom Tillis, R-N.C., John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., brought forward the bill that would “create a criminal penalty of the death penalty or life imprisonment for the murder of a federal, state, and local enforcement officer,” according to Tillis’ press release.  The Justice for Fallen Law Enforcement Act would create a criminal penalty of 20 years in prison for assault resulting in serious injury to a federal, state, and local law enforcement officer,” the release continued. 

The legislation comes as both Tillis and Blackburn have recently endured the death of a law enforcement officer in their respective states. On December 30, 2023, Greensboro Police Sergeant Philip Nix was killed when he attempted to stop a crime in progress at a local gas station. 

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