Walker Legislation to Track Terrorism Against Law Enforcement Officers Passes House
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) released the following statement upon the passage of H.R. 3106, Domestic and International Terrorism DATA Act, which included an amendment he authored:
“There has been an alarming increase in violent attacks on our law enforcement officers from assailants using hatchets, Molotov cocktails, guns, and other weapons. This violence has no place in our nation and cannot be accepted as a replacement for political debate. As we improve our data collection on domestic and international terrorism, I thank the House for passing my amendment to ensure our military personnel, first responders and officers are considered and protected while they serve our communities.”
The Domestic and International Terrorism DATA Act would require the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Justice (DOJ), and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to create an annual report on domestic and international terrorism.
Walker’s amendment requires the report to include the number of people killed or injured to include a breakdown of law enforcement, first responders, military personnel, and other government officials.
Law enforcement officers are being targeted and harmed and they should be included in the reporting of domestic and international terrorism.
Read Walker’s statement made during a July 16 Committee on Homeland Security Markup for his amendment in its entirety below:
“The brave men and women who serve in law enforcement, as emergency response personnel, in the military and elsewhere in the government are public servants that deserve our respect and support. Unfortunately, these individuals also become targets of domestic and international terrorists.
“The list of attacks is long and includes the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, attacks at military facilities in Fort Hood, Little Rock, and Chattanooga, the 2014 hatchet attack on four New York City police officers, and the 2016 murder of five police officers in Dallas. This past Saturday, a self-declared member of Antifa attacked a Department of Homeland Security facility in Tacoma, Washington targeting employees of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
“I submitted an amendment to H.R. 3601, the Domestic and International Terrorism DATA Act, to ensure that these attempted and successful terror attacks targeting law enforcement and other public servants are counted to allow us to monitor trends and changing tactics of various terror groups.
“I am pleased that the amendment was incorporated into the Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute offered by the gentleman from New York and I appreciate the support from Chairman Thompson and Ranking Member Rogers.”
You can read the amendment in its entirety here.