Senators introduce bill that would protect & support law enforcement

Officials say the events that happened in late May in Lincoln and across the country is what ultimately led to this Act.
10/29/2020

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Lawmakers announced a new bill Wednesday evening at the Capitol called the ‘Law Enforcement Protections Act’ and opponents of the bill are very concerned, they feel it’s racist.

This bill is to protect and support officers, according to several Senators.

“We are at a point now that law enforcement are struggling to be able to do their job and this act is going to help them have teeth so that they are not in a position where they have to watch events happen but that they can actually respond to them,” Senator Tom Brewer said.

Officials say the events that happened in late May in Lincoln and across the country is what ultimately led to this Act. Based on the 1st Amendment we have the right to peacefully protest but if that protest gets out of hand, that is where this new Act comes into play.

“It will be a class 3A felony when 6 or more people assemble and cause serious damage to property or bodily injury to others,” Brewer said.

But things got heated at the press conference, opponents say this bill is racist and oppressive.

“They will start enacting laws that inhibit their version of peaceful because when it makes you uncomfortable or it causes disruption they say it’s no longer peaceful,” Maghie Miller Jenkins said.

Some are worried of the interpretation of ‘violence.’

“Will it be more an interpretation of violence vs an actual violent act?” Jenkins added.

Lawmakers said they respect peaceful protests but looting, destroying, injuring people, is not a right and folks who do that deserve to be held accountable and go to jail.

“So our cops deserve this extra protection and they have been getting injured at a very high incident rate all over the country right now including here in Lincoln, Nebraska” Senators said.

The press conference ended rather quickly after opponents and Senators argued back and forth regarding this bill at the steps of the Capitol Wednesday evening.

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