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Texas poised to make offenses against officer hate crimes

from The Associated Press via U.S. News & World Report

Texas is moving closer to making offenses against police officers punishable as hate crimes. The state Senate passed, 30-1, on Tuesday a bill adding law enforcement agents to the list of groups targeted by bias or prejudice. Hate crimes against officers would include arson, criminal mischief, graffiti, unlawful restraint, assault and threats.

The proposal would increase penalties for any offenses committed against on-duty officers. It's designed to create an environment of respect for law enforcement, and to prevent future acts of violence against them — especially following a sniper attack that killed five Dallas police officers last summer. more

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