Montgomery, AL - After the murder of eight law enforcement officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge in 2016, Jemison’s Chief of Police Shane Fulmer and Clanton Police Department’s Captain Neil Fetner of the Alabama Chiefs of Police Association’s Legislative Committee began working with Representative Phillip Pettus and Senator Clyde Chambliss on a way to protect members of public safety. After several conversations and meetings, the Public Safety Protection Act was created.
The Public Safety Protection Act would increase the penalty for offenders who are convicted of assaulting members of public safety engaged in the performance of their official duties. Under current law, Assault in the 2nd Degree is classified as a Class C felony and Assault in the 1st Degree is classified as a Class B felony. If the Public Safety Protection Act is passed, Assault in the 2nd Degree involving a public safety official would be automatically sentenced as a Class B felony and Assault in the 1st Degree would be sentenced as a Class A felony.
Several House Members from across the State of Alabama have already pledged their support for AACOP’s efforts.