- The Washington Times - Monday, July 27, 2015

Rep. Peter King, chair of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, wants to amend federal sentencing guidelines so that anyone who ambushes a police officer, state law enforcement officer or federal agent faces extra jail time and stiffer fines.

The New York Republican will soon introduce legislation that seeks to increase those penalties for any person who “intentionally selected any victim due to their standing as a law enforcement officer,” according to a “Dear Colleague” draft letter obtained by The Washington Times.

In the letter, Mr. King describes the reasons for why new legislation, known as the Blue Shield Act of 2015, is needed, citing three 2014 ambush fatalities in 2014 that “are tragic examples of a larger problem.”

Those fatalities include New York Police Department Officers Wenjian Liu, 32, and Rafael Ramos, 40, who were shot at point-blank range in their patrol cars on Sept. 12.

Mr. King cites in the letter increasing concern about those numbers rising now that the Islamic State has called for its supporters to target and attack law enforcement officers, the draft letter states. This year alone, the FBI and Department of Homeland Security have issued five bulletins warning of threats to law enforcement officers made by the Islamic State.

A congressional staffer for Mr. King told The Times on Monday that the congressman intends to distribute the letter this week, but isn’t sure when he will introduce the legislation.

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