Sen. Tillis urges bipartisan support for Protect and Serve Act
UPDATED 3:40 PM PT – Friday, March 19, 2021
Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) reintroduced a bill aiming to enforce harsher punishments on people who attack police officers.
According to reports, Tillis urged his colleagues on both sides of the aisle to pass the Protect and Serve Act. The bill would add up to 10 years to the already 20 year sentence for assaulting an officer at any government level. In addition, anyone who murders or kidnaps an officer could get a life sentence under the proposed legislation.
This week, I reintroduced the Protect and Serve Act, legislation that would create federal penalties for individuals who deliberately target local, state, or federal law enforcement officers with violence. pic.twitter.com/BWeAW3Auog
— Senator Thom Tillis (@SenThomTillis) March 19, 2021
Tillis stressed lawmakers need to take care of America’s police forces, citing massive turnover rates amid violent anti-police rhetoric.
“I urge the American people to call your senators, ask them to support the measure, tell them that you want this bill passed and our law enforcement officers protected. Don’t be silent,” Tillis stated. “Help me fight for the men and women in blue because they’re counting on us, and along the way, when you see a law enforcement officer, thank them for their service and let them know members of Congress are fighting for them.”
Tillis said Republicans and Democrats have come together on similar legislation before and is optimistic lawmakers can lay down their partisan arms once again.