Louisiana has become the latest state to propose adding police officers to the list of protected categories under their state's hate crime laws.
The legislation comes in the wake of a similar bill that was introduced into congress last month.
If the bill becomes law, those convicted of felonies against police officers or firefighters could see an additional five years tacked on to their sentences.
The text of the bill reads:
It shall be unlawful for any person to select the victim of the following 10 offenses against person and property because of actual or perceived race, age, gender, religion, color, creed, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, or ancestry of that person or the owner or occupant of that property or because of actual or perceived membership or service in, or employment with, an organization, or because of actual or perceived employment as a law enforcement officer or firefighter. (emphasis added)
Not everyone supports the legislation, however. Far-left groups have deemed the bill unnecessary, citing a lack of evidence to substantiate an increase in attacks against police officers, or the proverbial "war on police."