In an article titled, “32 Blue Lives Matter Bills Have Been Introduced Across 14 States This Year,” Huffington Post civil rights writer Julia Craven decries legislation intended to classify attacks on police as hate crimes.
“The wave of legislation,” reads Craven’s article, “exposes an appetite to provide political sanctuary to an already protected class.”
Craven goes on to argue that including police officers in hate crime legislation creates “deeper divisions between police and the communities they serve.”
She goes on to quote Mark Potok, an official with the Southern Poverty Law Center.
“In the vast majority of states, you will get life or considerably less in prison for murder; but if you murder a police officer, you are almost certain to get death,” says Potok.
“So the truth is that including police in hate crime laws is merely a political statement – and an unnecessary one at that.”
Craven’s article goes on to decry the creation and promotion of the Blue Lives Matter movement, arguing that life is actually safer for police officers than it’s been for decades.
The implication is that the deaths of multiple police officers in Dallas last year is not enough to warrant increased legislation to deter the murder of police officers.
Unsurprisingly, many commenters on the Huffington Post’s Facebook page appear to agree with Craven.