THIS IS WHAT THEY ARE DOING IN THE VIRGINIA SENATE?

What is the subject? Assaulting the people who protect us.

SB 5032 Assault and battery; penalty.
Introduced by: Scott A. Surovell

SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED: Assault and battery; penalty. Eliminates the mandatory minimum term of confinement for an assault and battery committed against a judge; magistrate; law-enforcement officer; correctional officer; person directly involved in the care, treatment, or supervision of inmates; firefighter; or volunteer firefighter or any emergency medical services personnel and provides that such crime can no longer be committed as a simple assault and must result in a bodily injury.

What is that about? Let look at some quotes of the news media. Then we will end with a question.

RICHMOND — The Virginia Senate on Wednesday approved legislation that would eliminate a six-month mandatory minimum sentence for assaulting a police officer, despite strenuous objections from Republicans who said the bill disrespects police at a time when they have come under attack during nationwide protests. (continued here (pilotonline.com))

State Senator Scott Surovell is, of course, advocating for the change.

Is punching an officer the same as an officer being hit by an onion ring? Today in Virginia, both offenses are a felony that carry a mandatory six months in jail. Such is the logic of mandatory minimum sentences.
This past month, Senate Democrats offered a series of police and criminal justice reform proposals. This included making assault and battery involving a law enforcement officer victim a felony only if the victim experiences a visible injury, while keeping malicious wounding and murder felonies available for more serious injuries. Several conservative commentators have tried to argue this somehow attacks police — they are wrong. (continued here (richmond.com))

Nevertheless, the proposal is controversial, especially because of the timing.

RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ) – As state lawmakers consider criminal justice reforms, one of the most controversial is a proposal that would modify the penalty for assaulting a police officer.

Wednesday, members of the Virginia Senate voted to eliminate the mandatory minimum sentence.

The death of George Floyd and the unrest that followed in the streets of many American cities focused attention on police reforms. (continued here (wdbj7.com))

One news outlet compared the change to defunding the police.

According to the Loudoun Times, the bill passed despite Republican objections that the bill would minimize acts of terror targeted at police as law enforcement units nationwide bear the brunt of historic animosity and anarchic calls to defund their departments. Several local governments have already opted to either completely dismantle their law enforcement agencies such as Minneapolis where rioting erupted again Wednesday, or to axe funding to redirect it to other programs. New York City cut $1 billion from its police budget earlier this year. (from here (thefederalist.com))

Another news outlet emphasized that the proposed change is one of many.

Virginia Democrats are proposing a long list of criminal justice reforms in response to the recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others, but while some of them – such as banning chokeholds – are aimed at protecting citizens, at least one measure could reduce protection for officers. (continued here (foxnews.com))

Another noted the ridiculousness of the controversy.

How anti-law enforcement are Democrats becoming? This hostile. A bill passed the Virginia Senate along a party line vote to reduce penalties for assaulting cops, prison guards, and other law-enforcement officials.

If one commits an assault and battery because of race, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, and the other usual categories, it is deemed a felony requiring a minimum sentence of six months in jail. (continued here (nationalreview.com))

This is not a good time to be a police officer. In recent years many news media outlets have demonized the police. Yet no serious investigation has revealed a pattern of racial discrimination by the police. The perception exist, but the perception is false. Therefore, the attempt by some in the news media to demonize the police doesn’t make sense. That leaves us with a simple question. Are the folks the Virginia Senate making us safer or jeopardizing our safety by making it less safe to work in law enforcement or as any kind of emergency medical services personnel?

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5 Responses to THIS IS WHAT THEY ARE DOING IN THE VIRGINIA SENATE?

  1. Rudy U Martinka says:

    Tom,
    All these laws will do is to result in police looking the other way when they are on patrol instead of being proactive to prevent crime instead of reactive after a crime has taken place.

    They will be paid regardless if they make arrests or not.

    Word will get around that the police are looking the other way and crime will increase over time. When the public becomes upset with higher crime rates, the pendulum will change direction and the legislators will change the law back to reality that when you pass laws to make a policeman less effective, they will become less effective.

    Efforts to make policeman likable are kind of foolish. That is because policeman are supposed to likable to the good guys only if they are unlikable to the bad guys. So when you pass laws to make them likable to the bad guys, they become unlikeable to the good guys over time.

    Regards amd goodwill blogging.

  2. Tom Salmon says:

    @Rudy

    Agreed! I think the Democrats want to replace the police with people loyal to their party. If they can get enough of the good officers to quit, they can do that.

  3. boudicabpi says:

    Reblogged this on Boudica BPI Weblog and commented:
    H/T Citizen Tom

  4. Tricia says:

    Wow. this is really insane. I can’t say I’m too surprised but it’s still a sad symbol of how ridiculous and out of touch with common citizens Democrats have become.

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