WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Pat Toomey introduced the Thin Blue Line Act: a measure to ensure that criminals face the strongest possible repercussions in federal cases when they kill or attempt to kill local law enforcement officers.

Senator Mike Braun co-sponsored the legislation, and released the following statement in support of Hoosier law enforcement:

“Hoosiers can rest easy at night because our police never do,” said Senator Braun. “Our phenomenal men and women of law enforcement put their lives on the line every single day to protect our communities from danger, and anyone who kills or attempts to kill a police officer should pay the highest price possible.”


The Thin Blue Line Act
Introduced by U.S. Senators Pat Toomey & Thom Tillis

“Anyone who murders or targets a public safety officer should be prepared to pay the ultimate price.

“When a jury in a federal case considers whether to impose the death penalty, the jury must consider certain “aggravating” factors. Current law states that if the murder victim is a federal law enforcement officer or federal prosecutor, this fact shall weigh as an aggravating factor in favor of the death penalty. The Thin Blue Line Act provides the same level of justice to local law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and first responders. It also enhances the penalty when a defendant targets a law enforcement officer, prosecutor, or first responder solely because that individual has chosen to protect and serve.”

The Thin Blue Line Act is endorsed by:

• AFGE Council of Prison Locals, AFL-CIO

• Corrections USA

• Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association

• Fraternal Order of Police

• International Union of Police Associations, AFL-CIO

• Major County Sheriffs of America

• National Association of Police Organizations

• National District Attorneys Association

• National Sheriffs’ Association

• National Troopers Coalition

• National Volunteer Fire Council

• Sgts. Benevolent Association of NYC

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