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  • Louisiana moves to make targeting police a hate crime

    The Washington Times - 05/18/2016

    Under the Louisiana law, anyone who targets law enforcement for crimes ranging from murder to theft could face an additional sentence of six months in jail for a misdemeanor and five years in jail for a felony.

    The focus of hate crime statutes has typically been protection of vulnerable groups who might be victimized due to their race or religion, according to Jack Levin, a criminologist at Northeastern University in Boston who has studied hate crimes. But in recent years, statutes have expanded to include protections for sexual orientation, gender identity and in several states even homelessness.

    “It’s not inconceivable that some occupational groups might be added as well,” Mr. Levin said. “The problem with adding the police is that they are among several occupations that are particularly dangerous. It comes with the territory, it’s part of the job.”

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