Kentucky’s governor made his state the second state to make it a hate crime to target police officers when he signed a “Blue Lives Matter” law, the Louisville Courier-Journal reports.
Republican Gov. Matt Bevin signed House Bill 14 earlier this week. However, the measure won’t go into effect until this summer.
According to LegiScan, the bill passed by wide margins in both Kentucky’s House and Senate, passing by 77-13 and 33-5 margins, respectively.
The bill would not only cover police officers, according to a summary, but it would also “include offenses committed against an individual because of the individual’s actual or perceived employment as a city, county, state, or federal peace officer, member of an organized fire department, (or) emergency medical services personnel.”
While the bill passed with only minor opposition in the legislature, there were still voices against it. The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky said it was concerned that the move could be used against anti-police demonstrators and a group called the Fairness Campaign was upset that police and first responders had been added to Kentucky’s hate crimes legislation but that transgender individuals hadn’t.
Louisiana’s Gov. Jon Bel Edwards signed a similar law into effect in the Bayou State last year.
“The men and women who put their lives on the line every day, often under very dangerous circumstances are true heroes and they deserve every protection that we can give them,” said Edwards, a Democrat, according to the New York Daily News.
Again, liberal groups protested the enacting of that legislation, with an Anti-Defamation League spokeswoman saying that “(t)he bill confuses the purpose of the Hate Crimes Act and weakens its impact by adding more categories of people, who are already better protected under other laws.”
More importantly, though, the message is clear: “Blue lives matter.”
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