February 17, 2020

Rep Mueller backs plan offering more protection for first responders

first_img Categories: Mueller News State Rep. Mike Mueller has co-sponsored a plan to stiffen penalties for criminals who threaten or carry out targeted attacks on first responders and corrections officers in Michigan.Mueller, who recently retired after 19 years as a sheriff’s deputy, said attacks on law enforcement officers and other first responders have increased over the past few years, creating a need for stronger protections.“First responders put themselves in harm’s way to protect us. We must do more to protect them in return,” said Mueller, of Linden. “We cannot allow our police officers, firefighters and EMS responders to be targeted simply because they wear a uniform or carry a badge.”The new legislation would protect law enforcement officers, corrections officers, firefighters and emergency medical service personnel by providing additional deterrents against crime. Under the plan, anyone who is found to have committed a violent felony targeting a first responder would be subject to two additional years in prison, served consecutively with any other penalties.In 2016, law enforcement fatalities nationwide rose to their highest level in five years, with 135 officers killed in the line of duty. Michigan was among the five highest-ranking states for police fatalities, according to data from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.“Responding to emergencies is dangerous, even without a target on your back,” Mueller said. “Passing this plan will show our first responders we have their backs.”House Bills 4337-38 have been referred to the House Judiciary Committee for consideration.### 05Apr Rep. Mueller backs plan offering more protection for first responderslast_img

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