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Walker: Officers "Need to Know They Have the Full Support of Our Community, Our Prayers for Safety and the Full Protection of the Law"

May 16, 2018
Press Release
The House passes the Protect and Serve Act to allow for the federal prosecution of those who knowingly cause bodily harm or attempt to cause bodily harm to law enforcement officers.

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) today released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 5698, the Protect and Serve Act of 2018:

“Every day across North Carolina, men and women who took a solemn oath to uphold the law put on their uniform and accept the dangerous work of defending our neighborhoods and keeping our families safe. They need to know they have the full support of our community, our prayers for safety and the full protection of the law. With the passage of the Protect and Serve Act, we make clear that we will not tolerate targeted harm on our law enforcement officers.”

This legislation expands title 18 to allow for federal prosecution of individuals who knowingly assault a law enforcement officer causing serious bodily injury. 

This vote happens as the nation celebrates National Police Week. According to acommittee report from the House Committee on the Judiciary, attacks targeting police officers are at an all-time high, fueled by anti-police sentiment. 

You can read the full text of the legislation here.