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When the police chief approached the city for a show of support, the City Council’s response was swift and unanimous.
The Red Wing City Council passed a resolution last week calling for crimes against law enforcement to be prosecutable as hate crimes.
The picturesque town on the banks of the Mississippi River is believed to be the second place in the nation — and the first city — to pass such a resolution.
“It seems that anyone wearing a blue uniform has become a target in the minds of a lot of people — a target not because of what they’re doing, but a target because of who they are, which for me really kind of moves it into the hate crimes area,” said Council Vice President Peggy Rehder. “In this case, it’s not the color of their skin, but the color of their uniform.”
The National Fraternal Order of Police early this year urged Congress to expand the federal law that makes it a crime to injure someone based on race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability and other protected groups.
Many states have language that stipulates the officer has to be acting in an official capacity (i.e. Breaking up a fight) and identify themselves as law enforcement.
originally posted by: olaru12
I find it astonishing that when the garbage men, FAA workers or teachers in a locality want to unionize; the right wing starts with the socialism, commie rant but will in turn support the firemen and LEOs as fighting for their rights as free men to form a union to protect their brotherhood.
If it's ok for the LEOs, It's ok for everybody that works for any branch of government.