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By Anders Hagstrom
Attacking a police officer may soon be a hate crime in Alabama.
This week Rep. John Rogers (D. Birmingham) the state House to pass new law identifying police officers as a “protected group” so that those who attack them can be prosecuted more severely.
This most recent proposal is the next step beyond the Rep. Jeff Sessions’ 2015 “Thin Blue Line” bill presented in the U.S. House of Representatives. It also comes after many state-level laws designed to protect police officers and other first responders.
“It is a hate crime because it attacks a certain class of individuals: police officers,” Rep. Rogers said.