Missouri House passes increased protections for police

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TOPSHOT - Police officers stand guard at a baracade following the sniper shooting in Dallas on July 7, 2016. A fourth police officer was killed and two suspected snipers were in custody after a protest late Thursday against police brutality in Dallas, authorities said. One suspect had turned himself in and another who was in a shootout with SWAT officers was also in custody, the Dallas Police Department tweeted. / AFP / Laura Buckman (Photo credit should read LAURA BUCKMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – The Missouri House has passed two bills increasing protections for police officers.

Representatives on Thursday voted 120-35 in favor of a bill that would increase penalties for those who assault law enforcement officers. They also approved legislation with a 146-6 vote to create a “Blue Alert System” that would notify people when an officer has been shot or assaulted.

Both proposals now move to the Senate.

Proponents of increasing the penalties for assaulting officers said in a debate that it would send a message for the public that such offenses wouldn’t be tolerated. Opponents said that increasing penalties for assaulting officers wouldn’t prevent people from committing such crimes.

Gov. Eric Greitens has repeatedly endorsed establishing a Blue Alert System.