One state’s Democratic officials are taking things way, way too far.
Fox 5 reports that Democratic lawmakers in Virginia are considering a so-called police reform measure that would change the crime of assault on a police officer from a felony to a misdemeanor.
It’s under consideration
Fox 5 cites for its report the “Senate Democratic Caucus Police Reform and Criminal Justice Equity Plan” – “a document shared by multiple local reporters and retweeted by the Virginia Senate Democrats.”
“The Senate Democratic Caucus has led and is continuing to conduct a series of community conversations to discuss these issues and we have heard from the public that now is not the time for studies or delay and that changes must be made during our Special Session,” the document reads. “We will continue to take public input and work with stakeholders, the House of Delegates, state agencies, and Governor Ralph Northam to refine these measures over the next 60 days.”
One of the measures on this document would change assault on a police officer from a felony to a misdemeanor.
As the local Fox affiliate reports, “assaulting an officer is a Class 6 felony with a minimum penalty of six months in jail and a maximum of five years,” whereas “Misdemeanors carry a one-year maximum and no minimum.”
In other words, in the state of Virginia, soon it could be possible for an individual to assault a police officer and not get any jail time. Or, as Breitbart writer John Nolte put it, “you can hurl a brick at a police officer, or gang tackle a police officer, and the worst-case scenario is one year in prison, which means about six months in prison … or a monetary fine.”
The tip of the iceberg
According to Fox 5, this is only one of many “reforms” that the Senate Democratic Caucus is currently considering.
There are all kinds of measures, for example, aimed at eliminating the use of force.
Some, according to Fox 5, require that officers attempt to de-escalate a situation before using force and to issue warnings and exhaust “all other means” before firing shots. Others look to stop the use of force financially, by canceling supplemental funding to departments that have used disproportionate force.
But, all of these pale in comparison to downgrading assault on a police officer from a felony to a misdemeanor. And, the consequence of this measure is obvious: the idea that is implanted in everyone’s head that you don’t mess with a police officer will disappear, and officers will be in more danger than ever before.
Why not just go ahead and get rid of police departments? After all of these measures, no one is going to want to be a cop anyway. The election this November is going to be pivotal.