War on Law Enforcement: Virginia Senate Passes Bill Reducing Penalty For Assaulting a Police Officer to a Misdemeanor

OPINION by Steve Straub at The Federalist Papers –

The Virginia Senate has passed an insane and dangerous new bill that reduces the penalty for assaulting a police officer, judge or correctional officer from a felony to a class 1 misdemeanor.

Here’s the summary of the bill:

Eliminates the mandatory minimum term of confinement for an assault and battery committed against a judge; magistrate; law-enforcement officer; correctional officer; person directly involved in the care, treatment, or supervision of inmates; firefighter; or volunteer firefighter or any emergency medical services personnel and provides that such crime can no longer be committed as a simple assault and must result in a bodily injury.

According to local station WSLS the bill also removes mandatory minimum 6-month jail sentence for assaulting a police officer.

More via National Review:

Senator Scott Survell, a Democrat who proposed the legislation, said the bill was not meant to apply in cases of serious injury suffered by police officers.

“What we’re talking about here are situations that involve much more insignificant minor touches,” Survell said in comments reported by the Associated Press. However, state Republicans slammed the legislation in light of ongoing efforts nationwide to “defund” police departments.

“What in the world are we doing?” Senator John Cosgrove Jr. said. “Have you seen the attacks on police officers?”

The bill will now move to the House, where Democrats hold a 55-45 majority.

To me this seems completely insane given the current anti-law enforcement environment in which leftist mobs run rampant in so many American cities.

What would be the point of reducing the penalty for attacking police officers unless you want more police officers attacked.

Maybe that is the entire point of this legislation, as anything else makes no sense.

The Democrats war on law enforcement continues and is becoming more and more dangerous each and every day.

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