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What is the subject? Assaulting the people who protect us.

SB 5032 Assault and battery; penalty.
Introduced by: Scott A. Surovell

SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED: Assault and battery; penalty. Eliminates the mandatory minimum term of confinement for an assault and battery committed against a judge; magistrate; law-enforcement officer; correctional officer; person directly involved in the care, treatment, or supervision of inmates; firefighter; or volunteer firefighter or any emergency medical services personnel and provides that such crime can no longer be committed as a simple assault and must result in a bodily injury.

What is that about? Let look at some quotes of the news media. Then we will end with a question.

RICHMOND — The Virginia Senate on Wednesday approved legislation that would eliminate a six-month mandatory minimum sentence for assaulting a police officer, despite strenuous objections from Republicans who said the bill disrespects police at a time when they have come…

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  1. As far as I understand this legislation, judges can hand out as severe punishments for the same deed, as they could in the past. What does change, is that judges can give a more lenient sentence. Do you have so little trust in Virginian judges, that you need to tie their hands, when it comes to leniency?

    The legislation does take unilateral power out of the hand of prosecutors to pressure defendants into plea deals, lest they face minimum sentencing.

    This testimony for the legislation indicates, that minimum sentencing has failed to reduce crime in the categories where it was introduced.
    As far as I know, increasing the risk of getting caught is a deterent, a harsher punishment with everything else unchanged is usually not.

    1. @marmoewp c

      Do you have so little trust in Virginian judges, that you need to tie their hands, when it comes to leniency?

      The reason mandatory minimum sentences exist is because too many judges were being too lenient.

      People leave the police alone when they know they will be arrested and punished. Policemen have less fear when they know that anyone who assaults them will be arrested and punished.

  2. Tom,
    All these laws will do is to result in police looking the other way when they are on patrol instead of being proactive to prevent crime instead of reactive after a crime has taken place.
    They will be paid regardless if they make arrests or not.
    Word will get around that the police are looking the other way and crime will increase over time. When the public becomes upset with higher crime rates, the pendulum will change direction and the legislators will change the law back to reality that when you pass laws to make a policeman less effective, they will become less effective.
    Efforts to make policeman likable are kind of foolish. That is because policeman are supposed to likable to the good guys only if they are unlikable to the bad guys. So when you pass laws to make them likable to the bad guys, they become unlikeable to the good guys over time.
    Regards amd goodwill blogging.

  3. Unbelievable.
    I posted a link to this story yesterday and someone said,
    “So, next up: decriminalizing home invasions?
    Not sure how they’re going to issue the cops ROEs when getting sucker-punched is no longer a serious crime. Maybe they’ll just tell the cops to never get out of their cars. (Basically, that was NYC in the 80’s under Dinkins.)

    These politicians need to lose their private security forces that separate them from the rest of the regular tax paying public directly impacted from this sort of legislation.

    1. @Liz

      What do you expect? Democrat politicians are not as smart as they think they are. They don’t get serious about the riots until the rioters come for them. That can be too late.

      The rich are funding Black Lives Matters. If they are silly enough to fund a Marxist organization, how smart can they be?

      If you have property and you want to protect it, then you should want a stable and moral government, but some of the rich are so greedy they are helping to destroy our republic instead of preserving it. Nuts!

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