IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
June 24, 2021
Mr. Hawley introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary
To establish a separate criminal offense for targeting an individual based on their status as law enforcement officer.
Protecting law enforcement officers from targeting
Chapter 7 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:
Crimes targeting law enforcement officers
Whoever, in any circumstance described in subsection (b), knowingly causes bodily injury to any person, or attempts to do so, because of the actual or perceived status of the person as a law enforcement officer—
shall be imprisoned not more than 20 years, fined in accordance with this title, or both; and
shall be imprisoned for any term of years or for life, fined in accordance with this title, or both, if—
death results from the offense; or
the offense includes kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, or an attempt to kill.
For purposes of subsection (a), the circumstances described in this subsection are that—
the conduct described in subsection (a) occurs during the course of, or as the result of, the travel of the defendant or the victim—
across a State line or national border; or
using a channel, facility, or instrumentality of interstate or foreign commerce;
the defendant uses a channel, facility, or instrumentality of interstate or foreign commerce in connection with the conduct described in subsection (a);
in connection with the conduct described in subsection (a), the defendant employs a firearm, dangerous weapon, explosive or incendiary device, or other weapon that has traveled in interstate or foreign commerce; or
the conduct described in subsection (a)—
interferes with commercial or other economic activity in which the victim is engaged at the time of the conduct; or
otherwise affects interstate or foreign commerce.
In this section:
Law enforcement officer
The term law enforcement officer means an employee of a governmental or public agency who is authorized by law—
to engage in or supervise the prevention, detention, investigation, or the incarceration of any person for any criminal violation of law; and
to apprehend or arrest a person for any criminal violation of law.
The term State includes the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and any other territory or possession of the United States.
The table of sections for chapter 7 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:
120. Crimes targeting law enforcement officers.