Language in measure addressing attacks on law enforcement is almost identical to wording used in hate crime laws

US senators introduced a bill Tuesday that would in effect make certain kinds of violence against law enforcement officers qualify as hate crimes under federal law.

The Senate Protect and Serve Act would make it a crime “to knowingly cause bodily injury to any person, or attempt to do so, because of the actual or perceived status of the person as a law enforcement officer”, which is nearly identical to the language that accompanies hate crime laws.

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