New York Legislator to Introduce "Blue Lives Matter" Bill Making Assault on Police a Hate Crime

Photo: Stephanie Keith via thedailybeast.com

Photo: Stephanie Keith via thedailybeast.com

Following the example of other states enacting similar legislation, a Staten Island legislator is proposing to make the physical assault of a police officer a hate crime.

The bill comes in the wake of extreme violence against police officers throughout the nation, including the assassination of 8 police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge.

Assemblyman Ronald Castorina plans to introduce the "Blue Lives Matter" bill tomorrow.

If passed, the class of police officer will be added to the classes of race, gender, sexual orientation, and others, in the state's hate crime legislation.

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