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S. 1085 (115th): Thin Blue Line Act

The text of the bill below is as of May 10, 2017 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.



1st Session

S. 1085


May 10, 2017

(for himself, Mr. Blunt, Mrs. Capito, Mr. Cornyn, Mr. Cotton, Mr. Cruz, Mrs. Fischer, Mr. Hoeven, Mr. Johnson, Mr. Kennedy, Mr. Lankford, Mr. Lee, Mr. McCain, Mr. Moran, Mr. Perdue, Mr. Portman, Mr. Risch, Mr. Tillis, and Mr. Sullivan) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


To amend title 18, United States Code, to provide enhanced penalties for convicted murderers who kill or target America’s public safety officers.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Thin Blue Line Act.


Aggravating Factors for Death Penalty

Section 3592(c) of title 18, United States Code, is amended by inserting after paragraph (16) the following:


Killing or targeting of law enforcement officer


The defendant killed or attempted to kill, in the circumstance described in subparagraph (B), a person who is authorized by law—


to engage in or supervise the prevention, detention, investigation, or prosecution, or the incarceration of any person for any criminal violation of law;


to apprehend, arrest, or prosecute an individual for any criminal violation of law; or


to be a firefighter or other first responder.


The circumstance referred to in subparagraph (A) is that the person was killed or targeted—


while he or she was engaged in the performance of his or her official duties;


because of the performance of his or her official duties; or


because of his or her status as a public official or employee.