Virginia Dems draft measure to downgrade assaulting a cop to a misdemeanor

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More and more, it seems we have walked through the looking glass in the year 2020, where good has become bad and all that is bad is now good.

Nowhere is this more apparent than in law enforcement, where one bad cop has been used to establish a narrative that racially-biased police brutality is rampant in America, even though recent stats don’t bear this out.

In a legislative police reform measure, Virginia Senate Democrats are proposing that assaulting a police officer be downgraded from a felony to a misdemeanor, according to Fox News.

The network reported that assaulting a cop is currently a Class 6 felony in the state and carries a minimum penalty of six months in jail and a maximum of five years — in contrast, a misdemeanor charge carries a one-year maximum and no minimum.

State Sen. Mamie Locke, chair of the Senate Democratic Caucus, pointed to their base to suggest this contingent speaks for all sides.

“Our constituents want change,” Locke said, according to Virginia Mercury. “We hear that loud and clear from them. They want policy change. They’re pretty much done with thoughts and prayers. They’re done with ‘one more discussion’ and hearing us say we’ll get it done. … They want policy change.”

This comes as St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner announced Monday she is looking into possibly charging a heroic husband and wife who exercised their Second Amendment rights to hold a Black Lives Matter mob trespassing on private property at bay.

“I am alarmed at the events that happened over the weekend, where peaceful protesters were met by guns and a violent assault,” the black Democrat said, adding that “any attempt to chill [protesting] through intimidation or threat of deadly force will not be tolerated.”

“My office is currently working with the public and the police to investigate these events. Make no mistake: We will not tolerate the use of force against those exercising their First Amendment rights, and will use the full power of Missouri law to hold people accountable.”

With a heavy assist from the media, the left has established a politically expedient narrative while ignoring the fact that America is not a racist nation, even if there are individuals who may be racists.

Following the death of George Floyd, Democrats are charging forward with police reform efforts intended to emasculate law enforcement, all but giving the radical left complete control of the streets — just look at Seattle.

High on the list of priorities are banning all chokeholds and no-knock warrants, and removing immunity for police officers.

“The Senate Democratic Caucus has led and is continuing to conduct a series of community conversations to discuss these issues and we have heard from the public that now is not the time for studies or delay and that changes must be made during our Special Session,” read a reform document shared by Virginia Senate Democrats.

Fox News noted that in addition to reducing the penalty for assaulting an officer, Democrats are also proposing other restrictions on police officers to limit the use of force.

“These proposals include required attempts to de-escalate situations before using force, as well as issuing warnings and exhausting ‘all other means’ before firing shots,” the article stated.

Democrats also want to prohibit searching people or vehicles based on an odor of marijuana if there is no suspicion of any other offenses, and eliminating mandatory minimum sentences.

The proposals can be seen in their entirety in the tweet below:

 

 

Tom Tillison

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The longest-tenured writer at BizPac Review, Tom grew up in Maryland before moving to Central Florida as a young teen. It is in the Sunshine State that he honed both his passion for politics and his writing skills.
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