By: Tess Owen
Source: Vice News
Groups including ACLU, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights Watch (headed by police reform advocate and former DOJ Civil Rights director Vanita Gupta), the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and Human Rights Watch wrote a letter urging senators to reject the bill.
“Extending hate crimes protections to law enforcement officers is profoundly inappropriate and misguided,” the letter states. “Hate crimes laws are intended to extend protection to historically persecuted groups… law enforcement officers are not a historically persecuted group.”
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