H. R. 72
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
January 4, 2021
Mr. Buchanan introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary
To amend title 18, United States Code, to provide additional aggravating factors for the imposition of the death penalty based on the status of the victim.
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.