Washington, D.C. — Senator Ted Budd (R-NC) has sponsored S. 459, the Thin Blue Line Act. The bill makes the targeting, killing, or attempted killing of a police officer an aggravating factor in favor of maximum sentences. The current classification only applies to federal law enforcement. The Thin Blue Line Act would expand this standard to state and local police.
The bill was originally introduced by Senator Mike Braun (R-IN).
The bill is supported by:
- National Fraternal Order of Police
- National Troopers Coalition
- National Association of Police Organizations
- National Council of Prison Locals
- Voices of JOE
Sen. Budd said in a statement:
“The men and women of law enforcement protect and serve their communities every day, and put their lives on the line to do it. Anyone who targets them deserves to pay the maximum punishment. Thank you to Senator Braun for leading this critical bill.”