The Louisiana “Blue Lives Matter” law goes into effect today. it makes crimes against cops and other first responders hate crimes.
After the attacks on police officers in Baton Rouge and Dallas, state representative Lance Harris says his bill is now more important than ever.
"I think it sends a very strong message to our law enforcement and first responders in the state of Louisiana that we hold them in high regard and we support them 100 percent," Harris proclaimed.
Harris says his law includes threats against first responders, too.
"Not only is it for violent crime, but it's for terrorizing, it can be for vandalism, a whole host of different things in the state of Louisiana now that protects our police officers and their families."
Harris says because of this new law, people who target police officers and first responders will spend more time behind bars.