Texas just made attacking or threatening a cop of judge a hate crime, punishable by long prison terms and a massive fine.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced HB 2908 after the recent passage of the Thin Blue Line by the U.S. House.

Governor Abbott said the Police Protection Act increases the criminal penalties for those convicted of attacking or threatening a police officer or judge while in the course of discharging their sworn duties.

The new law increases penalties for an offense "committed against a person because of bias or prejudice on the basis of status as a peace officer or judge."

The law goes into effect Sept. 1.

Anyone found guilty of causing serious bodily injury faces punishment in the First Degree of 99 years to life but not less than five years in the state prison, including a fine up to $10,000.

Any person convicted of restraining a police officer of judge while carrying out their official duties faces punishment in the second degree of up to 20 years but not less than two years in the state prison and a fine up to $10,000.

Anyone found guilty of making a felony terrorist threat against a peace officer or judge that puts them in fear of imminent bodily danger faces jail time of 180 days up to two years and a $10,000 fine. The crime was previously a Class A misdemeanor.

Governor Abbott proposed the Police Protection Act after the execution deaths of five Dallas police officers last year.

Texas is considered a leader in the area of capital punishment and with get-tough policies that target violent offenders. We applaud Governor Abbott for his proactive stance that adds a further layer of protection -- and, hopefully, deterrence -- against those who would put law enforcement officials in harm's way.

We would love to hear your thoughts about this article. Do you think the Texas Police Protection Act will deter future acts of violence against police officers and judges?

Source: Breitbart

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