Senators Seek New Penalties for Assaulting Police

Three Senate Republicans introduced legislation last week to strengthen and codify penalties against those who assault law enforcement officers.

Senators Thom Tillis, R-N.C., John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., brought forward the bill that would “create a criminal penalty of the death penalty or life imprisonment for the murder of a federal, state, and local enforcement officer,” according to Tillis’ press release.  The Justice for Fallen Law Enforcement Act would create a criminal penalty of 20 years in prison for assault resulting in serious injury to a federal, state, and local law enforcement officer,” the release continued. 

The legislation comes as both Tillis and Blackburn have recently endured the death of a law enforcement officer in their respective states. On December 30, 2023, Greensboro Police Sergeant Philip Nix was killed when he attempted to stop a crime in progress at a local gas station. 

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Senators Seek New Penalties for Assaulting Police

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