Attack On Law Enforcement Could Become Hate Crime In Louisiana
The Louisiana House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill that would add law enforcement, firefighters, and EMS to the list of those protected against hate crimes.
With the House unanimously passing the bill, there's a good chance that it will be passed in the Senate as well.
Some legal experts are not okay with the bill, due to the fact that, currently in Louisiana, attacks can be classified as a hate crime if they are motivated by the victim's race, gender, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, nationality or disability.
There are already longer sentences in place for those who commit crimes against law enforcement officers.
Critics of the bill say that adding occupations to the hate crimes list is new territory. Occupations are a characteristic of a person that can be changed.