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Cop Killers May Face Death Penalty Under New Bill Filed in Massachusetts

Updated On 19 May, 2019 Published On

Massachusetts lately saw increased attacks on local police. And it seems the law has found out a proper way to tackle the situation. 

As per the new law filed by lawmakers, cop killers in Massachusetts could even face the death penalty for the crime. 

One of the state representative Shaunna O’Connell, who took the action against the increased police slaying along with Rep. David DeCoste, talked about the severeness of the situation and that the police officers need proper security and law to defend them. He stated,

Our law enforcement officers are under attack and under assault, We need to show our law enforcement officers that we support them, that we stand with them and we need to show criminals that, if you take the life of a law enforcement officer, you’re going to face that same fate.

The new law could offer the judges to prosecute the convict over 18 years of age with the death penalty for killing a police officer.

The harsh action from the Republican lawmakers came after the death of three police officers in the line of duty: Yarmouth Sgt. Sean Gannon, Weymouth Sgt. Michael Chesna, and Ronald Tarentino.

Talking of the deceased and their family, DeCoste recently opened up to the Herald, saying,

The murder of Sergeant Chesna simply reinforced my belief that juries should have the option of executing criminals who murders police officers, Police officers represent the line between civilization and anarchy. When we start tolerating people who execute police officers, we’re dabbling with anarchy.

Well, the bill has also been condemned by many including Boston-based attorney Martin Rosenthal. Rosenthal promptly mentioned that he is against the bill and also stated that he had also opposed a similar proposal in the 1990s that was never enforced.

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