A Wisconsin legislator is introducing a “Blue Lives Matter” bill to make targeting law enforcement officers a hate crime in the wake of the Dallas shooting that killed five officers last week.
Rep. David Steffen, a Green Bay Republican, announced his proposal Monday, adding Wisconsin to a growing list of states discussing similar bills.
Louisiana became the first state to enact such legislation in May, allowing prosecutors to seek stronger penalties when police, firefighters and emergency medical crews are intentionally targeted because of their professions. Lawmakers in at least nine other states and at the federal level have floated similar proposals.
I don’t like hate crime laws because they single out certain classifications of citizens for special protection under the law. That is a direct contradiction to the notion that all people are equal under the law.
Furthermore, I doubt that such a law would have any impact on reducing crimes against officers. Does anyone think that the killer in Dallas would have changed his mind for fear of a potential sentencing enhancement?
These are the kinds of laws that get passed when people passionately feel a need to “do something” but don’t really have a solution. It is motivated by good intentions, but we know where that road leads…