Tougher penalties for attacking police under Iowa bill

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican Iowa state Rep. Ken Rizer says he plans to introduce a bill that would create tougher penalties for people who attack law enforcement officers solely because of their profession.

The Des Moines Register reports that Rizer plans to introduce the bill during the 2017 legislative session. Rizer says the bill stems from recent shootings of law enforcement officers across the county, including Dallas and Louisiana. He says that having hate crime statutes include law enforcement may be possible, but he is open to other options.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, at least nine other states have introduced similar legislation in the past two years.

Democratic state Sen. Steve Sodders, who is a deputy sheriff, says he'd rather see people work together to solve crime than enhance punishments.