Two Massachusetts lawmakers want to make attacks against police officers a hate crime.
Democratic Reps. Michelle DuBois, of Brockton, and Alan Silvia, of Fall River, filed a bill following the fatal shooting of five officers in Dallas on Thursday.
The bill would add police officers to the list of protected classes under the state's hate crimes law.
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Silvia, a retired Fall River officer, says police deserve every protection.
DuBois says she drafted the bill after Auburn police Officer Ronald Tarentino Jr. was shot and killed during a traffic stop in May. The Legislature's session ends July 31.
The lawmakers say their bill would make Massachusetts the second state to make attacks on police hate crimes