Allen B. West

I hope what just happened to Louisiana police spreads like wildfire

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On Thursday morning I had the distinct pleasure of addressing two morning roll calls of the Northeast Division of the Dallas Police Department. I’m a resident of that division’s area of responsibility and just wanted to give them my personal encouragement. I wanted them to know just how proud I was of them and honored knowing that they’re out there everyday — and the NE Division they patrol is the most populated and toughest. I also wanted them to know if they’re ever close by and need backup to ring me up…needless to say, I’m well armed. I plan on attending every roll call for the NE Division and will have a night ride coming up in the near future. We need to let our men and women of the Thin Blue Line know exactly how much we appreciate them, their service and sacrifice — and ensure them there are more of us than the voices of the detractors.

And so it is with great pride that I noted this occurrence in the bayou state of Louisiana. As reported by Fox News, “Louisiana’s governor signed a first-of-its-kind bill Thursday afternoon that makes it a hate crime to target police officers and first responders.

Called the “Blue Lives Matter” bill, the measure expands the state’s hate crime law to include law enforcement officers, firefighters and other emergency medical services personnel.

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“The overarching message is that hate crimes will not be tolerated in Louisiana,” Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards told FoxNews.com in a written statement. He added that he has “great respect” for the work that law enforcement officers do and the daily risks they take.

“I thought it was critical that we add protections for the people that protect us,” state Rep. Lance Harris, a Republican, told FoxNews.com.

Harris authored the bill after the murder of Darren Goforth, a 47-year-old Texas sheriff who was gunned down at a gas station “because he wore a uniform.”

The gunman approached Goforth, a 10-year veteran of the Harris County (Houston) Sheriff’s Office, from behind unloading bullets into him even after the officer fell to the ground. In many states like Louisiana, there are existing laws covering bias-motivated crimes against people based on their gender, race, religion and sexual orientation.

Under Louisiana’s new measure, anyone convicted of a hate crime-related felony could face up to an additional $5,000 fine and five years behind bars. For a misdemeanor, the punishment comes with a $500 fine and an additional six-month prison sentence.”

I applaud Governor Edwards and State Representative Harris for this truly bipartisan and honorable measure that is now law in the state of Louisiana. Now, we need this to be law in every state — funny, if the Supreme Court can order states in this union to conduct same-sex marriage, surely we can codify in law hate crime protections for our law enforcement officers.

Why is this important? Well, the next time that faux group Black Lives Matter leads chants saying, “what do we want, dead cops, when do we want them, now” or “pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon,” they need to be charged and prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Louisiana has seen these actions, whether verbal or active/kinetic, as a threat, a hate crime against our law enforcement heroes. And what’s so very commendable is that the state of Louisiana took action on this, not because of something that happened in their state, but rather just west in Houston.

Now, I want to hear the progressive socialist detractors condemn this action. Oops, they already did. The Louisiana chapter of the Black Youth Project 100 purportedly had called on the governor to veto the bill. Other critics like the Anti-Defamation League have also come out against the bill, arguing that providing protections to law enforcement under the “hate crime” statute is counterproductive.

“Adding professional categories to the current Hate Crimes statute deters efforts from protecting against identity-based crimes,” Anti-Defamation League Regional Director Allison Padilla-Goodman said in a written release. “We are not happy that it is being signed into law.”

In a letter to Edwards, Padilla-Goodman said the bill “confuses the purpose of the Hate Crimes Act.” She also said it “weakens its impact by adding more categories of people who are already better protected under other laws.”

You see, only the progressive socialist left gets to determine what group needs protection. So this is what I want my brothers and sisters in law enforcement to understand. The liberal left in America does not deem you worthy to be protected. They believe your commitment and honorable service to protect us does not allow you to be protected from specific attacks because of your chosen profession. These socialist leftists see you as their necessary agitators for Black Lives Matters. These are the same leftists who don’t believe a young black mother like Bianca Horton, gunned down by gang members, deserves protection. Sadly, our law enforcement officers and black mothers like Bianca Horton or children, like her daughter who was shot and paralyzed, don’t fit the “identity” ideological agenda of the progressive socialist leftists, and so they don’t deserve protection.

I don’t expect Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, or Bernie Sanders to commend and endorse the “Blue Lives Matter’ legislation that passed and was signed into law — by a Democrat Governor. Heck, these liberal leftists are too busy protecting and releasing criminals, legal and illegal, and jihadists…as well as being concerned about who goes to the bathroom.

As a matter of fact, I surmise Gov. Edwards will probably be called to task via phone for this. I’d like to offer this challenge, that the Police Benevolent Association and the Fraternal Order of Police enact efforts to have EVERY state pass a “Blue Lives Matter” law wholeheartedly expressing that we honor our law enforcement officers, and any specific threat against them — verbal or otherwise – should be deemed a hate crime.

A special “steadfast and loyal” to the governor of Louisiana, John Bel Edwards. Now, where are the other 49 governors?

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