The Blue Lives Matter law is a great first step in taking respect for our law enforcement and first responders back. The men and women (and K9’s) who go out every day to risk their lives for us should have this deterrent so we can hopefully stop criminals from targeting them just because of what they do for a living. Let’s hope other states follow Louisiana’s example.

We’d like to know your thoughts on this-Is it overkill or a much needed law?

Louisiana is the first state in the nation to enact a law making it a hate crime to target police, firefighters and emergency medical personnel — a move that critics say is an overreaction to tensions between communities and law enforcement.

Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards signed the bill into law last week, enabling prosecutors to pursue increased penalties against individuals who target first responders for crimes ranging from murder to theft.

Supporters of the law, which faced little resistance in the state legislature, say it will send a message that attacks against law enforcement and first responders will not be tolerated.

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