New Mexico bill adding officers to hate crimes law advances

52nd New Mexico Legislative Session 2015

SANTA FE (AP) – A proposal to add law enforcement officers as a protected class to New Mexico’s hate crimes law has cleared its first hurdle.

The bill pushed by House Republicans passed 4-3 in the House Safety and Civil Affairs Committee on Tuesday as law enforcement agencies came out to support it.

The proposal introduced by Rep. Nate Gentry, an Albuquerque Republican, is one of a number of proposed justice system reforms for this legislative session in response to a string of high-profile crimes in the Albuquerque area.

His bill comes as law enforcement advocates say outrage over officer-involved shootings and officers’ use of force has sparked anti-police rhetoric in the U.S.

Democrats say although they supported tougher penalties for violence against officers, they did not think hate crime laws applied to them. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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