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Cop-Killer in Massachusetts could be submitted to face the death penalty under a new draft law by the legislature in response to an outbreak of police killing in the last few years.
“Our police officers are being attacked and are under attack,” said state Rep. Shaunna O’connell, who reported the bill with Rep. David DeCoste, of the Boston Herald. “We have authorities in our law enforcement, that we support you, we stand with you, and we need to show criminals that if you take the life of a law enforcement officer, you are going to face the same fate.”
The legislation gives judges the option of sentencing people over 18 to death for killing a police officer.
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The Republican lawmakers were prompted to act after the death of three police officers in the line of duty: Weymouth Sgt. Michael Chesna, Yarmouth Sgt. Sean Gannon and Auburn police officer Ronald Tarentino.
“The murder of Sergeant Chesna simply reinforced my conviction that the juries should have the opportunity to criminals to execute murders police officers,” DeCoste said the Herald, adding that the officer in charge of the family in his district. “The police represent the line between civilization and anarchy. If we start to tolerate, people running, police officers, we are once more with the anarchy.”
The bill face opposition from death penalty opponents could. Boston-based attorney Martin Rosenthal, told the paper that he is against the bill for the same, he reasons against a failed1990s proposal for the re-introduction of the death penalty in Massachusetts.
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“I am told no one in my respect for the police, but I don’t think their lives are worth more than the average person,” Rosenthal. “The death penalty continues a cycle of revenge and I even believe that it is a violent society creates.”
The bill is similar to one filed earlier this week by U.S. Pat Toomey, R-Pa. The Thin blue line extension of a requirement by the Federal Jurys factor of the victims of the profession as a federal law enforcement officer or a Federal Prosecutor at the local police, prosecutors, and first responders. would be
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President Trump has also reiterated calls for tougher punishment for convicted cop-Killer.
“The ambushes and attacks on our police needs to end, and they must end now,” Trump said recently in a speech at the National Peace Officers’ Memorial Day service on Capitol Hill. “We believe that criminals who murder police officers should get immediately, but with the trial version, the death penalty.”