by Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project:
As if blue privilege in the form of qualified immunity, special treatment under the law, ability to break laws they enforce, get out of jail free cards, “blue lives matter” laws, and every other perk that comes from wearing a badge, wasn’t enough, cops in Georgia have granted themselves yet another benefit.
As of January 1, 2021, a new law went into effect with the Orwellian title of “Bias Motivated Intimidation of First Responders Prosecution Act.” On top of granting cops the ability to sue citizens for harassment, it also criminalizes said harassment.
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Given the subjective nature of what can be defined as “harassment,” this new law is worrisome as it can land a person in prison for up to five years. The law is worded like it was written by the very personification of the American police state.
A person commits the offense of bias motivated intimidation when such person maliciously and with the specific intent to intimidate, harass, or terrorize another person because of that person’s actual or perceived employment as a first responder.
Any person that violates subsection (b) of this Code section shall be guilty of the offense of bias motivated intimidation and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by imprisonment of not less than one nor more than five years, a fine of not more than $5,000.00, or both.
According to the legislation, a person could serve 1-5 years in prison if found guilty of maliciously harassing a first responder, causing bodily harm, death or damage to property. So, if you yell at a cop because he killed a kid in your neighborhood, this could be interpreted as “bias motivation” and used to imprison of fine you.
It is already illegal to cause bodily harm and death to people as well as harassment and property damage. By making it “especially bad” to cause bodily harm, death and property damage when a police officer is involved, this law’s entire purpose becomes quite overt — it grants privileged status to cops.
The NAACP and the ACLU both agree.
“The bill creates enhanced penalties for people who target law enforcement and other first responders. It also includes a false misconduct provision that allows police officers to sue for false misconduct claims,” the NAACP said of the bill when it was presented last year, referring to is as the “Police Hate Crime Bill.
The ACLU correctly points out that it “turns law enforcement into a protected class.”
“The ACLU of Georgia opposes HB 838, the addition of law enforcement as a protected class, a dangerous step to chill every Georgian’s First Amendment freedom of speech and the right to protest to redress grievances – guarantees in the U.S. Constitution,” the ACLU said.
Naturally, police are claiming the current climate of mass protests makes the law necessary. People are protesting, according to police, because they simply hate cops and want to cause trouble, not because cops kill over 1,000 people every year and face almost no accountability for it.
“We’re finding more people challenging us now than they ever had before,” said Vince Champion from the International Brotherhood of Police Officers.
Champion told CBS 46 that he thinks that cops are not supported and that’s what makes this law necessary.
“I understand what we signed up for when we sign to become cops. We understand it’s not a pretty job, we understand that we could get hurt or even killed, we understand we could be in a lawsuit based on just what we do for a jobs but what we don’t understand and don’t except is that the DA and everyone else to come actually looking for us,” added Champion.
Apparently Champion is unfamiliar with the actual stats when it comes to the “DA and everyone else to come actually looking for” them. They almost never do.
Despite horrifying police killings, many of which were captured on video and have rocked the nation, the arrest rate for cops who kill people on-duty remains as low as ever. According to multiple reports, since 2005, just 126 police officers have been arrested for murder or manslaughter in relation to an on-duty killing.