by Damjan Tutarkov
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.