Louisiana is set to pass a bill that would make attacks against police officers a hate crime

The bill is named "Blue Lives Matter"

Published May 24, 2016 7:13PM (EDT)

Hate crime laws in the U.S. protect victims from attacks based on religion, sexual orientation, and ethnicity. However the state of Louisiana wants to make provisions to the law by adding attacks against occupation - specifically towards law enforcement.

Known as the Blue Lives Matter bill, attacks against police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical services will soon become a hate crime once Louisiana governor John Bel Edwards signs the bill.

A similar bill has already been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Colorado Republican Ken Buck and other states are debating similar bills as well. Watch our video for more information.

By Patrice Waite

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