Bill making attack on police a hate crime heads to Senate

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Rep. Lance Harris, R-Alexandria, testifies before the Senate Judiciary C Committee Tuesday on bills to penalize attacks on police offices, firefighters and EMT personnel. Photo by Jack Richards.

By Jack Richards

BATON ROUGE — In a rare bipartisan agreement on this type of legislation, the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday unanimously approved bills from Democrat Katrina Jackson and Republican Lance Harris, making it a hate crime to attack a police officer and to make a move with any deadly weapon on an officer aggravated assault.

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