Virginia Democrats Propose Lightening Charge for Assaulting a Police Officer, Other Reforms

by Damjan Tutarkov
LaCorte News

Democratic state legislators in Virginia are reportedly proposing lessening the charges for assaulting law enforcement officials from a felony offense to a misdemeanor.

It is one of 28 proposals by Virginia Senate Democrats to reform police departments amid the nationwide and global anti-racism campaigns.

Some of the other proposals include banning no-knock warrants, prohibiting hiring officers known to have engaged in misconduct, requiring officers to issue a warning before firing their weapon, requiring officers to “exhaust all other means” before shooting, and others.

Under current Virginia law, persons who assault a police officer are guilty of a Class 6 felony, which carries a mandatory minimum sentence of six months in prison.

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