Assaults on Police: SB 5032 sponsored by Sen Surovell would remove the mandatory sentence for assaulting a police officer, even when the officer was injured. This means someone can punch a cop, and unless there is an even more serious felony, there is no requirement that the offender serve a jail sentence. In recent weeks, Richmond police have reported being attacked with bricks, batteries, and rocks. Bills like this further endanger law enforcement officers. Senate Committee Republicans voted against the bill, but it passed on a party-line vote.
Do you feel safer with this bill getting passed? Senators Surovell and McPike, who represent part of Prince William County voted for this bill in committee.