Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards is close to signing HB 953 which will classify police officers as a protected class -- making any violence against law enforcement a hate crime. Yet many communities continue to suffer from the impact of police brutality -- ripping families' lives a part.
This would be the first kind of law that adds occupation as a protected class -- placing higher value on officers' lives than civilians. This law could potentially be implemented throughout the U.S.
For the last 3 years, the Black Lives Matter movement has been instrumental in calling for change in the ways communities of color are policed. From Ferguson to Baltimore, to New York City, activists and community members continue to fight against an unjust system.
This bill is a deliberate slap in the face to everyone who stands up for civilians who face discrimination daily.
Will you call Governor John Bel Edwards and urge him to veto HB 953?