Texas Gov. Greg Abbott put anti-police hooligans in the Lone Star State on alert with the signing of the Texas Police Protection Act, making Texas the latest state to recognize the killing of police officers as a hate crime, according to Breitbart.
The signing came just weeks after the U.S. House of Representatives passed a similar bill called the Thin Blue Line Act which increased penalties for crimes targeting police officers.
The text of Texas House Bill 2908 is a piece of legislation “relating to the punishment for a criminal offense committed against a person because of bias or prejudice on the basis of status as a peace officer or judge; increasing a criminal penalty.”
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There was only one vote against the bill, coming from Democrat Jarvis D. Johnson of Houston.
The law doesn’t just deal with applying hate crime statues to the killing of officers, either. It increases penalties for targeting policemen across the board. If, for instance, an individual causes serious bodily harm to an officer who’s carrying out their duties, they could be found guilty of a first-degree felony and sentenced to up to 99 years in jail; the sentence could not be any shorter than five years in length and fines of up to $10,000 could be levied.
Moreover, if an “actor restrains an individual the actor knows is a public servant while the public servant is lawfully discharging an official duty or in retaliation or on account of an exercise of official power or performance of an official duty as a public servant,” it’s a felony that could be punishable by 20 years in prison (and not less than two).
That’s not the only thing anti-police thugs had to fear from the bill… [CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE]