Virginia Delegate Seeks to Expand Hate Crime Laws to Protect Police

AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -

A lawmaker representing the Shenandoah Valley wants police and first responders protected under Virginia hate crime laws.

20th District Delegate Richard “Dickie” Bell (R) recently filed a bill with the General Assembly that calls for expanding the definition of hate crimes to include crimes committed against police officers, firefighters and emergency medical personnel.

Bell says officers like the ones killed last month in Dallas were attacked based on the uniform they had on.

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