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Congressman Jolly and others to stand with law enforcement and call for passage of the Thin Blue Line Act
Date:  5/11/2016
ArticleType:  St. Pete News

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

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Congressman Jolly and others to stand with law enforcement and call for passage of the Thin Blue Line Act

News Conference Friday at 9 a.m. outside U.S. Capitol  

Seminole, FL – Congressmen David Jolly (FL-13), Rich Nugent (FL-11) and several other members will join the President of the National Association of Police Organizations and a representative of the Major County Sheriff’s Association at a D.C. news conference Friday calling for the passage of the Thin Blue Line Act.    

“We must stand united with the men and women who serve and protect our communities,” Jolly said in advance of the news conference.  “The Thin Blue Line Act is supported by just about every major law enforcement organization and it simply says if you take the life of a law enforcement officer, be prepared to lose your own life.”

Law enforcement officers from around the country, who will be in Washington, D.C. for National Police Week, will also attend Friday’s news conference.

Jolly’s Thin Blue Line Act (H.R. 814) currently has 48 cosponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives and the companion bill in the U.S. Senate (S. 2034) has 23 cosponsors.

Since being introduced last year the Thin Blue Line Act has garnered the support of the Fraternal Order of Police, Major County Sheriff's Association, the National Association of Police Organizations, the Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.),  the International Union of Police Associations, the Peace Officers Research Association of California , the National District Attorneys Association, National Sheriffs' Association, the Council of Prison Locals, the Voices of J.O.E., and the Florida Sheriffs’ Association.  

The Thin Blue Line Act would make the murder of a police officer, firefighter, or first responder an aggravating factor in death penalty determinations and would be applicable whether the person is murdered on duty, because of the performance of their duty, or because of their status as a public official. 

The measure covers every police officer whether federal, state, or local as well as any firefighter or first responder.  The only requirement is that the homicide provide federal jurisdiction.  This includes the following:

  • The interstate homicide of an officer
  • A homicide of an officer who is serving on a joint federal/state/local taskforce (example Organized Crime Task Forces, Drug Enforcement Task Forces, Human Trafficking Task Forces)
  • An officer, deputy, firefighter, first responder killed on federal land

The news conference will be held at 9 a.m. on Friday May 13th outside the U.S. Capitol in the House Triangle.

National Police Week officially begins on Sunday.

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