Sen. Toomey looks to target criminals who target police officers

Justin Udo
May 20, 2019 - 3:32 pm

Justin Udo/KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A United States senator from Pennsylvania says he wants to beef up protection for police officers who are targeted, while in the line of duty.

Pennsylvania’s Republican U.S. Senator Pat Toomey’s Thin Blue Line Act would make the death penalty more likely for someone convicted of murdering a state or local police officer.

“I believe that in the tragic event that a police officer falls in the line of duty, we owe that police officer justice,” he said. “So I've introduced the Thin Blue Line act to send a simple message -- if you murder or target a police officer for murder, you should expect the harshest possible penalty.”

The Republican's bill was introduced in the House back in 2017, and has since passed with bi-partisan support.

“We've not yet had a vote in the Senate, but I reintroduced it in the Senate, and it's my intention to drive this to a vote,” he said.

Toomey believes the reason the bill is yet to get a vote in the Senate is because of push back and obstruction from his colleagues across the aisle.