Mississippi has filed 10; Maryland comes in second place with four such bills. Most have enjoyed bipartisan sponsorship from Democrats and Republicans. How the ‘War on Cops’ started Blue Lives Matter Known colloquially as “Blue Lives Matter” legislation, these bills would classify law enforcement officers as a protected group — like racial and religious minorities, LGBT persons, and others covered under hate or bias crime laws. The name was borrowed from Black Lives Matter, the movement that had been organizing national protests against police violence after the August 2014 police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. The Blue Lives Matter campaign was born after the murder of two New York City Police Department (NYPD) officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, who were shot at point-blank range in December Home improvement Staten Island 2014. The out-of-state gunman, according to a post to his Instagram account, wanted revenge for the death of Eric Garner, who died after he was put in a chokehold by an NYPD officer in Staten Island earlier that year, a scene caught on tape. Incensed, law enforcement leaders demanded hate crime protections to support officers on the front lines of what they dubbed the “War on Cops.” “In the last few Staten island home renovations years, ambush attacks aimed to kill or injure law enforcement officers have risen dramatically,” Fraternal Order of Police National President Chuck Canterbury said in a January 2015 statement . “Nineteen percent of the fatalities by firearm suffered by law enforcement in 2014 were ambush attacks. Enough is enough!” ‘This is not the best way Staten island kitchen remodel to accomplish that goal’ There were 15 Blue Lives Matter bills introduced in all of 2016, but only two months into 2017, there more than twice as many up for consideration, a sign that national pushback against violent crime committed against law enforcement is mounting. Though they are introduced frequently, the bills are quite unsuccessful.
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