This bill would make the murder or attempted murder of a police officer, firefighter, or other first responder an “aggravating” factor in death penalty determinations. It would come into play in cases involving federal jurisdiction (an interstate homicide, or it occurred on federal land, etc.) if the first responder was carrying out their duties when the murder or attempted murder was carried out, because of the past performance of their work, or their status as public officials.
What is House Bill H.R. 115?
Cost of House Bill H.R. 115
In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL) introduced this bill to toughen penalties against cop-killers in response to a wave of ambush-style attacks on law enforcement officers in 2016:
“We owe a great debt to police officers and first responders across the country. Attacks against law enforcement officers must end. The strong committee vote today sends a clear message to those who target police — you will be held accountable.”
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Thin Blue Line Act
To amend title 18, United States Code, to provide additional aggravating factors for the imposition of the death penalty based on the status of the victim.
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The senate has not voted
Committee on the Judiciary
- senate Committees
- The house Passed May 18th, 2017Roll Call Vote 271 Yea / 143 Nay
Committee on the JudiciaryCrime, Terrorism and Homeland SecurityIntroducedJanuary 3rd, 2017
- house Committees