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Blue Lives Matter Bill Passes OK House

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – House Bill 1306, which would increase the likelihood of the death penalty for people convicted of killing a law enforcement officer in the line of duty, has passed the House.

“Every time our law enforcement officers put on their uniform they are putting on a target,” said State Rep. Casey Murdock. “The least we can do as a legislative body is send a message to law enforcement that we value their lives, that if something happens to them while they are performing their duties we will punish their killers to the fullest extent of the law.”

The Blue Lives Matter in Oklahoma Act of 2017 states ‘that any person convicted of, or who pleads guilty or nolo contendere to murder in the first degree of a law enforcement officer, correctional officer or corrections employee while in the performance of their duties shall be punished by death or life in prison without parole.’

Opponents have voiced their concern that the bill makes it harder to just get a life in prison sentence; punishment would be either death or life without parole. The bill requires an overwhelming amount of mitigating evidence be shown for those convicted to be given a life sentence.

“We are sending a message with this legislation that a police officer’s life, (a) law enforcement officer's life matters more than other lives,” Rep. Emily Virgin, D-District 44, said.

The bill now moves to the state Senate.

Information provided by OK House of Representatives/KWTV.

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