Mar 182017

House Republican Leader Themis Klarides this week reacted to the proposed increase in penalties for hate crimes.

No hate crime or attack on any person, target or symbol that has been singled out for their individual characteristics or beliefs should be punished to the fullest extent of the law – the penalties must be severe in order to deter future incidents,” Klarides said. “However, one of the categories that should be covered must also include law enforcement personnel who have also been targets of violence and aggression.”

“Police and first-responders have been noticeably excluded from this proposal but are covered in separate legislation that we will also pursue this session,’’ Klarides said. 

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