SENATE SAYS BLUE, RED, MED LIVES MATTER
Legislation brings tougher penalties for harming officers, emergency workers
JACKSON – Criminal offenders who harm a police officer, firefighter or emergency medical worker would face stiff punishments under legislation passed by the Senate today.
Senate Bill 2469, by Sen. Philip Moran, R-Kiln, and Sen. Sean Tindell, R-Gulfport, passed in a 37-13 vote. The bill, called the “Blue, Red and Med Lives Matter Act,” heads to the House for consideration.
“Mississippians have great respect for our men and women who risk their lives on the job every day,” Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said. “Officers, firefighters and medical workers often face unknown dangers on the job. Anyone who commits a crime against these brave individuals should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.”
The bill allows prosecutors to seek more prison time or other punishments for any individual who harms a police officer, firefighter or emergency medical worker due to their employment as a first responder. If passed by the House, the bill would take effect July 1.
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Kingfish note: So thug beats Granny to a pulp with a bat and gets the usual justice but the penalty is "enhanced" if he does the same thing to a cop because he is a cop. Does Granny's life matter?