Louisiana becomes the first state to add ones chosen vocation to that list, something that has rankled opponents. Working in a profession is not a personal characteristic, and it is not immutable, said Anti-Defamation League Regional Director Allison Padilla-Goodman. While Padilla-Goodman said the ADL supports enhanced penalties for crimes against law enforcement officers, she said the law weakens the impact of the Hate Crimes Act by adding more categories of people who are already better protected under other laws. Related Sitehe saidWe are not happy that it is being signed into law. Deadly ambush prompted bill State Rep. Lance Harris wrote HB 953 after Darren Goforth, a Texas sheriffs deputy, was ambushed, shot and killed while in uniform last August. It looked like it was strictly done because someone didnt like police officers, like a hate crime, Harris said, adding that including officers and first responders to the hate-crime statute made sense because the existing law already is broad, covering attacks because of the victims race or gender or affiliation with certain organizations. In the news, you see a lot of people terrorizing and threatening police officers on social media just due to the fact that they are policemen. Now, this (new law) protects police and first responders under the hate-crime law, Harris said, adding that he considers legislative action necessary because the crime is done strictly out of hate for the officer and his uniform. For those individuals who choose to target our heroes, the message formalized in this legislative act should be clear and the consequences severe, Col. Mike Edmonson, superintendent of the Louisiana State Police, said Thursday. Response to Black Lives Matter Former police Lt. Randy Sutton of Las Vegas, a 34-year police veteran and spokesman for Blue Lives Matter a national organization made up of police and their supporters formed in response to the Black Lives Matter movement said he classifies police officers as a minority group. He said the new law is important because symbolically it advises that there is a value to the lives of police officers.
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