Red Wing Officials Want Hate Crime Protection for Officers
RED WING (AP) - Officials in a southeast Minnesota city are pushing for increased protection for law enforcement officers.
Last week, the Red Wing City Council unanimously passed a resolution calling for crimes against law enforcement to be prosecutable as hate crimes.
Police Chief Roger Pohlman approached the city for a show of support on the resolution. He says nearly 100 law enforcement officers nationwide have died this year. But that number also includes deaths from traffic accidents and natural causes.
Minnesota doesn't have a hate crimes law, but attacking a police officer can lead to increased fines and jail time under state law.
Officials in Coon Rapids are planning a Police Lives Matter rally later this month.