SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - Suncoast Congressman Vern Buchanan is urging the Senate to pass his bill to toughen penalties against those convicted of killed police officers.
Buchanan’s bill passed the House last Congress and would make the murder or attempted murder of a police officer an aggravating factor in death penalty determinations. The bill now goes to the Senate and if it passes it will head to President Trump’s desk.
The renewed push for passage comes just days after a Philadelphia man was arrested for shooting six police officers. So far this year, 73 police officers have been killed in the line of duty.
“Police officers and first responders put their lives on the line every single day to help those in harm’s way. They need to know we have their back. And those who target police and first responders need to know that there will be severe consequences,” Buchanan said.