State Sen. Doug Libla filed legislation Dec. 1 enhancing penalties for people who are convicted of attacking law enforcement officers and first responders.

“This has been an interest to me for several years now,” Libla said. “It’s really culminated in the last couple of years. I’ve been working on this legislation for quite some time.

“Our law enforcement officers need to know that members of the Missouri General Assembly have their back. As chairman of the Senate Transportation, Infrastructure, and Public Safety Committee I will keep this important issue at the forefront of the committee and Missouri Senate’s agenda this upcoming legislative session.”

Under current law Missouri statute outlines the penalties for crimes, and allows for enhanced penalties on special victims, which definition includes law enforcement officers and first responders. Libla’s legislation will further increase the penalties for specifically attacking law enforcement officers and first responders.

“I am amazed and dismayed at the level of disrespect being shown to the brave men and women who have chosen to serve and protect us,” Libla said. “For simply wearing the uniform our heroes are being targeted and attacked.

“This has to stop.”

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