A Chicago citizen is advocating for a bill that is making the American Civil Liberties Union go nuts, it’s a bill that would make it possible to classify criminals who attack firemen and police officers as a hate crime.
The ordinance and bill was thought of and planned by former police officer and dean of City Council Ald. Edward Burke.
“We need to extend to our first responders every possible protection. Each day police officers and firefighters put their lives on the line to ensure our well-being and security. It is the goal of this ordinance to give prosecutors and judges every tool to punish those who interfere with, or threaten or physically assault, our public safety personnel.”
Thomas Ryan, who is the local union president of Chicago Fire, wholeheartedly agrees with Burke’s proposal. Because who wouldn’t?! Oh, that’s right, progressives more worried about perpetuating their dogmatic ideology.
“The job of a first responder is to serve, protect and render aid to citizens in crisis. All too often, these first responders fall victim to physical violence and personal assault. This ordinance will provide added protection to first responders who risk their lives in service to others while also adding consequences for those who feel compelled to attack them in the performance of their duty.”
The ACLU responded with a ridiculous statement showing their true colors,
“The title of this ordinance -‘blue lives matter’- appears to be an attempt to shift attention from the work of the Black Lives Matter movement, which has challenged police abuse. Existing laws appropriately penalize acts of violence against a police officer or other first responder. This proposed ordinance is a distraction from the conversation we need in Chicago about fundamentally reforming the policing system, which has failed the people of the city.”
Activists called the ordinance an attack on first amendment rights. Others said it would make it more difficult for dirty cops to be prosecuted for their crimes and thus they’d be held less accountable. But the way it seems, imposing strict penalties on would be cop killers is no infringement on civil liberties.
No surprise that the ACLU, NAACP and African Americans wouldn’t like this type of ordinance. It punishes them for their crimes.