I think putting a profession above people's lives is...really a weird caste system. Don't get me wrong. Criminals who kill people are absolutely the worst. By why is a cop's life more important than a child's life...or even a criminal's life? Just because of their job? What if they're not really even good people? Good people get murdered. Really truly good people. Bad people get murdered, horrible, awful monsters. We should give sentences based on how they lived their lives? What if someone murdered a priest who had molested children? Priests are supposed to be "good" professions. But child molesters are monsters. Do we overlook one aspect for another to determine the punishment for the killer? And certainly we look at motive and opportunity, and other factors, normally. Why wouldn't we also look at those factors when determining a sentence? Regardless of the victim's job, station, character, etcetera? Are we basically trying to make this a protected group...when some states (still!) don't even have hate laws for groups of people that truly need our protection as a society??