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Louisiana's first-of-its-kind "Blue Lives Matter" bill goes into effect today.

The new law expands the state’s hate crime law to include law enforcement officers, firefighters and other emergency medical services personnel.

Act 184 - called the "Blue Lives Matter" bill - was passed in May by Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, just weeks before three officers were killed and three were injured in an ambush on a Baton Rouge highway.

Under the new measure, anyone convicted of a hate crime-related felony could face up to an additional $5,000 fine and five years behind bars.

For a misdemeanor, the punishment comes with a $500 fine and an additional six-month prison sentence.

Watch the report above.


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