24 Apr

Should Hate Crime Laws Protect Police?

Hate Crime

Is it reasonable for police officers to be treated as a protected class in hate crime legislation?

That’s one of the many questions in front of the California legislature. This issue currently comes in the form of AB-2 which was introduced by Jay Obernolte (R), Co-Authored by Rudy Salas, Jr. (D) and sponsored by  Jim Cooper (D) & Tom Lackey (R).

This bill is a bipartisan effort to afford police officers with the protections of hate crime legislation going forward. The merits of Hate Crime Legislation notwithstanding is it reasonable to offer that protection to a career choice? If so, why only police officers?

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