HB151 revises Delaware’s hate crime statute to make law enforcement, firefighters and emergency personnel protected classes. This legislation seems to be in response to the murder of State Police Corporal Stephen Ballard, though Cpl. Ballard was not necessarily directly targeted. Regardless, as opposed to reinstating the death penalty as a response to Cpl. Ballard’s murder, this seems to be actually a good idea. Because if you are targeting a first responder for an attack for the sole reason that they are a police officer or paramedic or a firefighter, then you are attacking a group and not a person. Thus, the same logic for the hate crime legislation in the first place applies.
SPONSORS: Hudson, Cloutier, Ennis, Marshall, D.Short, Wilson, Hocker, Walsh, Briggs King, Kenton, Miro, Mitchell, Outten, Ramone, M.Smith, Spiegelman
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HISTORY: Placed in the House Public Safety & Homeland Security Committee on 4/27/17.
STATUS: Waiting on a hearing in committee.