MO Gov Signs 'Blue Alert' Bill to Help Protect Law Enforcement
Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (R) last week signed into law the so-called "Blue Alert" bill, which creates a system similar to Amber Alerts that let law enforcement agencies and the public know when an officer has been assaulted.
It also increases the penalties for assaults on law enforcement officers.
Flanked by officers and lawmakers at the St. Louis Municipal Police Academy on Thursday, Greitens said more has to be done to protect the men and women who put their lives on the line for the public every shift.
Missouri becomes the 28th state to adopt the alert system.
"We want to let criminals know in the state of Missouri that if you assault a law enforcement officer, we're going to find you, we're going to bring you to justice, you're going to prison, and you're not coming out for a long time," Greitens said on "Fox & Friends" this morning.
He said that the bill will show officers that the state has their back.
"Under the previous administration, Missouri had been home to Ferguson, which was a national embarrassment," Greitens said. "We're making Missouri a national example for how we support our law enforcement officers."
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