GOP bill would make violence against cops a hate crime


Rep. Ken Buck introduced legislation on Wednesday that would make violence against police officers a federal hate crime.

The Colorado Republican's bill is a response to increasing violence against police officers that has been seen in the wake of several high-profile police shootings. Those shootings prompted the launch of the "Black Lives Matter" movement, which in turn has led to a counter-movement that claims "All Lives Matter."

Buck's bill takes the debate a step further, as it's called the Blue Lives Matter Act. It would add violence against police officers to federal hate crime laws, and thus could lead to tougher sentences against people who commit violence against cops.

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