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  • Mass. bill would extend hate-crime protections to police officers

    Boston Globe - 07/12/2016

    Legal analysts and some civil rights groups caution against adding police officers to the hate crime statute. They argue it’s an occupation that already receives special protections under the law.

    There are laws currently that make it a crime to assault public servants, including police officers, and Governor Charlie Baker recently filled a bill that would up the charge to a felony. (DuBois does not support this.)

    “It’s already a crime to attack a police officer or kill a police officer,” said James Alan Fox, a professor of criminology at Northeastern University. “I’m not sure what we gain from it. What happened in Dallas is extremely rare.”

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