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Congressman Ken Buck

Representing the 4th District of Colorado

Ken Buck Releases Statement on National Police Week

May 19, 2017
Press Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: Kyle Huwa, 202-225-4676

Washington, D.C. – After the House of Representatives passed legislation this week to protect law enforcement officers, Congressman Ken Buck released a statement about National Police Week (May 15 - May 21) and the importance of protecting police officers.

Our law enforcement officers make a sacrifice every time they step outside in uniform,” Congressman Ken Buck stated. “National Police Week gives us all a chance to honor them for their service, and to think about ways we can serve our law enforcement officers and their families. The legislation we passed this week sends a message to criminals that violence against officers will be met with an appropriately harsh penalty.

Congressman Buck voted for the Thin Blue Line Act on Thursday, May 18, legislation which adds the killing or attempted killing of law enforcement or first responders as an aggravating factor in federal death penalty cases. He previously offered an amendment in the Judiciary Committee to the legislation to ensure that not only the killing but also the “targeting” of officers would be added as an aggravating factor. He also had the opportunity to manage floor debate on the rule resolution for the Thin Blue Line Act on Wednesday, May 17. Video of his closing statement during that floor debate can be found here

Congressman Buck also voted for the Probation Officer Protection Act on Friday, May 19. This legislation allows federal probation officers to arrest hostile third parties without first seeking a warrant if the officer has probable cause to believe the third party assaulted or obstructed a probation officer performing his or her official duties.

Both of these bills passed the House and will now be considered by the Senate.