Louisville representative introduces 'Blue Lives Matter' bill
The bill would allow a judge to be much tougher on people who target policemen, firefighters and EMS personnel.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- On June 11 on Magazine Street, Louisville Metro Police Officer Kyle Carroll was shot in the chest. His bullet proof vest likely saved his life.
Over the Fourth of July weekend, Shepherdsville Police say Taira Litsey ran over an officer trying to arrest her. That officer is out of the hospital and recovering.
"It's hard to hear when a police officer or first responder is harmed," Rep. Kevin Bratcher said.
Those are just two instances of crimes against police officers, crimes that if Bratcher has his way, will start being treated much more seriously.
Bratcher is behind a bill dubbed "Blue Lives Matter."
"It adds policemen, firefighters and EMS personnel to the hate crime legislation," he said.
Hate crime law allows for the stiffest of penalties for criminals who target someone for their race or sexual orientation. Bratcher says being targeted as a police officer is no different.
"Most cops will tell you ... you're a cop 24/7. Even when you're off duty, you're a cop," Bratcher said.
The bill would allow a judge to be much tougher on offenders, especially when it comes to sentencing.
"If you're going to mess with one of our first responders, you're going to get the full force of the law," he said.
Louisiana passed "Blue Lives Matter" legislation just a couple months ago. Kentucky is the second state to consider it, but Bratcher says he knows it won't be the last.
"So far it seems to be a popular idea. But, I want it to go beyond popular. I want it to be the law, because it's the right thing to do," he said.
Bratcher will have to wait till January to get things moving when the General Assembly reconvenes.
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