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Black Lives Matter and police don't need special protection

LA Gov. Edwards signed a bill that makes targeting a police officer a hate crime. Passage of such bills at the state level is a top priority for a national organization called Blue Lives Matter, which was formed in response to the Black Lives Matter movement.

[Two Louisiana shootings were captured on video, on which] "police killed a black man who was minding his own business," says the director of ACLU-LA. But it was the civil rights of police officers that Edwards was concerned about in May, as if theirs were being routinely violated. "I'm not aware of any evidence that police officers have been victimized that would justify giving them special protection," the ACLU director said.

The new law places police officers, firefighters, and EMTs under protection from hate crimes. Laws similar to the one in Louisiana have been proposed in KY, TN, and IL. In Washington, lawmakers introduced a "Thin Blue Line Act," which would strengthen penalties for attacks on law enforcement.

Source: ACLU 2015-16 voting recommendation on BLM , Jul 7, 2016

VAWA is effective in reducing domestic violence and stalking

The ACLU stated its support of the reauthorization of VAWA in a July 27, 2005 letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding the Violence Against Women Act: "VAWA is one of the most effective pieces of legislation enacted to end domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. It has dramatically improved the law enforcement response to violence against women and has provided critical services necessary to support women & children in their struggle to overcome abusive situations."
Source: ACLU voting recommendation on VAWA , Jul 27, 2005

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