In 14 states of the country that we call home, lawmakers have proposed 32 separate bills that include legislation for the hate crime protection of law enforcement. And that's only in the first two months of 2017. In 2016, all of those states combined proposed 15 bills total. These hate crime protection laws have been previously reserved for the LBGTQ community, people of color, and religious minorities. But, because we can never have anything to ourselves, apparently that's over.
Most of these bills never make it very far, even though Louisiana successfully passed the first Blue Lives Matter laws last year. Kentucky and Mississippi also have their own versions as well. But in just the last year, at least 20 different versions of this law enforcement hate crime protection addendum law has fallen short of glory.
A senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center, Mark Potok said, "In the vast majority of states, you will get life or considerably less in prison for murder; but if you murder a police officer, you are almost certain to get death…So the truth is that including police in hate crime laws is merely a political statement ― and an unnecessary one at that.”
Law enforcement officers are one of the most protected groups of American professionals that exist in the construct of our society. So much to the point that it makes it very difficult to hold them accountable in the very first place. So obviously the best idea is to further enhance the problem by now giving them, even more, protection due to the fact that the people they serve are visibly upset by the lack of any ability to hold them accountable for the actions they take while in service to them.
Mike Lowe, a Black Lives Matter activist, and constituent in San Antonio, Texas said, "Any legislation for a ‘Blue Lives Matter’ bill seeks to instill intimidation and fear…These protections make it easy to silence the voices of those seeking justice and accountability. I will not be silenced by it. All we want is justice and accountability, and law enforcement officers must be held accountable."
The probability that these Blue Lives Matter hate crime protection bills pass increases with every new version that is proposed in every state. And if the first two months of 2017 are any indication, the plan is to keep them coming until somebody lets them through.