A Louisiana bill has been created to expand the state’s hate-crimes statute to add the targeting of police officers, firefighters and EMS personnel. The bill, known as the “Blue Lives Matter” bill, has passed both chambers of the Louisiana legislature. It will now head to Gov. John Bel Edwards for consideration. CNN reports the governor is expected to sign the bill soon.
Louisiana would become the first state to have such a bill. Texas Sheriff’s Deputy Darren Goforth was shot and killed while in his uniform last August.
“It looked like it was strictly done because someone didn’t like police officers, like a hate crime,” said State Rep. Lance Harris who authored the bill. “In the news, you see a lot of people terrorizing and threatening police officers on social media just due to the fact that they are policemen. Now, this [new law] protects police and first-responders under the hate-crime law.”