Sullivan implores U.S. Senate to pass law protecting police from violent attackers

    Last week, Sen. Dan Sullivan attempted to persuade his U.S. Senate colleagues to pass his Protect Our Heroes Act, saying that respect for law enforcement across the nation is not only fading by “it’s being reversed.”

    While Sullivan’s legislation failed to advance in the Senate, he spoke Sept. 17 of the increased violence specifically targeting law enforcement officers. This, he said, is coupled with calls to defund entire police departments.

    “You see these movements – these national movements – of defunding police, a horrible idea in my view. My state needs more law enforcement, not less,” he said. “We’ve seen on our TV screens, our social media channels, there are people, criminals, who are focused on harming the police – killing the police, attacking police, even taking glee in the killing and violence of law enforcement.”

    Sullivan’s legislation seeks to enhance federal petalites for killing or assaulting law enforcement officers.

    “I hope my senate colleges can come together to support this,” he said. “We also want to send a message to our first responders and law enforcement. We’re watching. We’re going to pass laws to disincentives this kind of heinous action against you, and we have your back and the back of your family members who are probably worried when you go out on your duty every day.”

    “That is a really important message right now,” Sullivan concluded.

    Protect Our Heroes Act on the Senate Floor

    This afternoon, I attempted to pass my “Protect Our Heroes” Act on the Senate floor. The commonsense legislation, which enhances the penalties for criminals who target our law enforcement officers, could not come at a more appropriate moment in light of the horrific attacks against innocent police in California. I had hoped this proposal could offer united, bipartisan support for our courageous first responders but, unfortunately, my colleagues on the other side of the aisle chose to block the bill.

    Posted by Senator Dan Sullivan on Thursday, September 17, 2020
    Joel Davidson
    Joel Davidson
    Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 20 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.

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