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New Law Angers Black Lives Matter

Many Black Lives' Matter activists aren't too happy when they hear or read the phrase, "All Lives Matter." Some have stated it is another act of racism and oppression toward blacks. Now, Louisiana has passed House Bill 953 by both sides of the state's congress and Governor John Bel Edwards has already vowed to sign it into law. The law expands Louisiana’s existing hate crimes statute to now include the targeting of police, firefighters, and other emergency service personnel. A person who purposely targets a cop or first responder will face up to 5 additional years behind bars and up to a $5,000 fine, depending on whether it’s a misdemeanor or felony conviction. This is a law that is the first of its kind in the United States.

According to The Wall Street Journal, HB953 is intended to encompass all first responders and police, in addition to those protected under the basis of race, color, ethnicity national origin, gender, disability, or religion. Mwende “FreeQuency” Katwiwa, a BLM supporter and member of the Black Youth Project 100 said, “This bill is an attempt to counter the very vocal, visible, and effective tactics of the Black Lives Matter movement and paint the police in a more sympathetic public light when, in reality, they are increasingly more violent, and violence against them is actually decreasing."

By April 2016, more than double the number of officers have been shot and killed than at the same point one year ago. Gov. Edwards said, “As the son and brother of a sheriff, I have the greatest respect for the men and women who put their lives on the line every day to serve and protect our communities, state and nation. The members of the law enforcement community deserve these protections, and I look forward to signing this bill into law."

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