Obama signs 'Blue Alert' law to protect police
Gregory Korte , USA TODAY
May 19, 2015
The Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu National Blue Alert Act of 2015 is named for the two
"They were serving their community with great honor and dedication and courage, and all of New York grieved and all of the nation grieved," Obama said in an Oval Office signing ceremony with the families of the slain officers. "It's important for us not only to honor their memory, it's also important for us to make sure that we do everything we can to help ensure the safety of our police officers when they're in the line of duty."
The law requires the Justice Department to create a notification system relating to assaults on police officers, officers who are missing in the line of duty, and credible treats against law enforcement. The system is modeled after Amber Alerts for abducted children and Silver Alerts for missing seniors.
It's the 12th bill Obama has signed into law so far this year.
Obama called the bill "the best of a bipartisan support for law enforcement." It was so uncontroversial that it passed both the House and the Senate by voice vote.
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Believe it or not, a lot of Black Americans take exception with this because they feel the President is protecting the police, not the unarmed Black men being shot down by the police across the country. I know this history very well, but are they wrong in their complaint?
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