Less than a week after five Dallas police officers were massacred, Senate Republicans, led by Sen. John Cornyn, introduced legislation that would more severely punish cop killers, the Washington Examiner reports.
The legislation, titled "Back the Blue Act," would create a federal law for those seeking to harm law enforcement — including judges — on the federal payroll, the Examiner reports.
Sentencing would include:
- At least 10 years for attempting to kill an official.
- At least 30 years for murdering an official.
Cornyn, R-Texas, is the chief sponsor of the bill.
"The Back the Blue Act sends a clear message that our criminal justice system simply will not tolerate those who viciously and deliberately target our law enforcement," Cornyn said.
Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Thom Willis, R-NC, co-sponsored the legislation.
"We must stand in solidarity with our police officers, firefighters, first responders and federal officers who selflessly run into harm's way to protect our families and our communities," Cruz said.
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