Federal Blue Lives Matter bill passes in the House: The only member of Congress from Michigan to vote against it was Rep. Justin Amash

Grand Rapids Institute for Information Democracy

In the past year there has been an effort to pass legislation in Michigan that make it a more severe crime for people to target law enforcement officers. The Michigan legislation was HB 4590, and was introduced by Rep. Kesto from the 39th House District. 

Now there is legislation at the Federal level, which would do the same thing that many state legislatures have attempted to do. On Wednesday, May 16, the House passed HR 5698, also known as the Protect and Serve Act of 2018. This federal legislation reads: 

Whoever, in any circumstance described in subsection (b), knowingly assaults a law enforcement officer causing serious bodily injury, or attempts to do so—

(1)shall be imprisoned not more than 10 years, fined in accordance with this title, or both; and

(2)shall be imprisoned for any term of years or for life, fined in accordance with this title, or…

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