Wisconsin to consider 'Blue Lives Matter' bill

2016-07-11 21:06

A woman visits a makeshift memorial at the Dallas police headquarters. (Eric Gay, AP)

A woman visits a makeshift memorial at the Dallas police headquarters. (Eric Gay, AP)

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Dallas - A Wisconsin legislator is introducing a "Blue Lives Matter" bill to make targeting law enforcement officers a hate crime, following the Dallas shooting that killed five officers last week.

David Steffen, a Green Bay Republican, announced his proposal on 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.

Activists are criticising the growing effort, saying professions don't belong alongside the other characteristics protected under hate crime laws, such as race, religion or disability.

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