ACLU of Mississippi opposes Blue Lives Matter bill

ACLU of Mississippi opposes Blue Lives Matter bill

JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - The ACLU of Mississippi is speaking out against a bill that's intended to protect police officers.

The "Blue Lives Matter" bill passed the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday. The committee's chairman is State Sen. Sean Tindell of Gulfport.

If approved and signed into law, the legislation would make it a hate crime to target and injure a law enforcement officer.

In a statement, Jennifer Riley-Collins, the Executive Director of the ACLU of Mississippi, said, "Not only is this bill unnecessary, but there is absolutely no evidence it will make police safer."

Here is the full statement from the ACLU of Mississippi:

"Proponents of 'Blue Lives Matter' legislation, SB 2469, which would enhance penalties for crimes against police officers by making them hate crimes, pay lip service to protecting the police without actually doing so. Not only is this bill unnecessary, but there is absolutely no evidence it will make police safer. Statistics show that violence against police is down. There are already severe, enhanced penalties for assaults on police officers in Mississippi. This bill, and others like it, prioritize police over people.

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