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Senator wants crimes against cops to be considered hate crimes

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) – A new bill coming to the State Senate aims to toughen up charges for crimes against cops. If passed it would increase the severity of charges the state could bring against suspects, if they can prove that the crime was committed because of a person’s position as a first responder. The bill’s filing comes just two days after two police officers in Kissimmee were killed by a gunman. One man said the pain surrounding the flowers and signs outside of the police department there showed the hate he felt went into the crime. Jerry Hagan, Executive Vice President of the Central Florida Police Benevolent Association, said he worries the bill would be too difficult to enforce, and that proving hate as a motivator in court would be easier said than done.

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