GOP senators are set to introduce legislation Thursday that would enact federal penalties for criminals who purposefully target law enforcement officers with violence.
The Protect and Serve Act would make it a “federal crime to knowingly cause, or attempt to cause, serious bodily injury to a law enforcement officer,” according to an advance copy of the press release obtained by the Daily Caller.
Offenders face up to 10 years imprisonment, but could receive life if the offense includes attempted murder, kidnapping, attempted kidnapping or if a death results from the act.
The bill will be introduced by 16 Senate co-sponsors, all Republicans. They include North Carolina’s Thom Tillis and Richard Burr, South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham, Louisiana’s John Kennedy, Georgia’s Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, South Dakota’s Mike Rounds, Tennessee’s Marsha Blackburn, West Virginia’s Shelley Moore Capito, Florida’s Rick Scott, Arkansas’ Tom Cotton and John Boozman, Indiana’s Mike Braun, Ohio’s Rob Portman, Mississippi’s Roger Wicker and Oklahoma’s James Inhofe.