ATLANTA — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Wednesday signed into law a new measure providing additional legal protections to police officers.
House Bill 838 creates a new crime: bias-motivated intimidation, which would apply to the death or serious bodily injury of a police officer, firefighter or emergency medical technician. The crime would also apply any time someone causes more than $500 in damage to property owned by peace officers, firefighters or emergency medical technicians because of “actual or perceived employment as a first responder.”
In a statement, Kemp said he took action because he has attended the funerals of too many law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty, and he called the measure a “step forward as we work to protect those who are risking their lives to protect us,” AJC reported.