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.
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“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.