WASHINGTON – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today introduced the Penalizing Radicals and Others who Thwart Emergency Care and Transportation (PROTECT) for Law Enforcement Officers Act of 2020 that would make it a federal crime to knowingly prevent an injured law enforcement officer from receiving emergency medical care.
“I am proud to stand with the men and women in blue. As Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, I have made police reform a priority, but I will never turn my back on those who protect us.
“I’ve never seen a more dangerous time to be a police officer than now. More law enforcement officers have already died in the line of duty this year than died in all of 2019. It seems like it is open season on the cops.
“My legislation will help protect law enforcement officers by going after those who would want to do them harm. It’s the least we can do to protect those who protect us.”
The PROTECT Law Enforcement Officers Act of 2020 would create a new federal crime to penalize anyone who knowingly prevents a law enforcement officer from accessing emergency medical services for an injury suffered in the line of duty or from a criminal act.
Current events evidencing attacks on law enforcement officers and the need to protect them: