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H.R. 1690: Defending our Defenders Act

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Should the punishment for killing a cop be “an eye for an eye”?


46 law enforcement officers died from “felonious incidents” in 2020, according to the FBI. While the full-year numbers for 2021 don’t appear to have been released yet, through the first nine months of that year, 59 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty.

“That’s an over 50 percent increase from [the same period in 2020],” FBI Director Christopher Wray said in a press release. “That basically translates to every five days — more often than every five days in this country — an officer is murdered in the line of duty. And that’s totally unacceptable, and it’s a tragedy and it needs attention.”

As of this writing, the most recent law …

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Yvette Herrell

Sponsor. Representative for New Mexico's 2nd congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Mar 9, 2021
Length: 5 pages
Mar 9, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on Mar 9, 2021

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28 Cosponsors (28 Republicans)

3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Mar 9, 2021

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H.R. 1690 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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