ST. MARTINVILLE, La. -We'd love to blame this on Trump but the "Blue Lives Matter" law was endorsed and signed by Governor Edwards last year.
The state's new "Blue Lives Matter" law is already being used here in Acadiana. In the last year, Louisiana became the first state to offer hate crime protections to police officers.
St. Martinville Police Chief Calder Hebert hopes the law will not only save lives, but make offenders think twice before resisting arrest.
"We don't need the general public being murdered for no reason and we don't need officers being murdered for no reason. We all need to just work together," said Hebert.
Hebert is very familiar with the new hate crime law, having already enforced it since it took effect in August.
"Resisting an officer or battery of a police officer was just that charge, simply. But now, Governor Edwards, in the legislation, made it a hate crime now," said Hebert.
You know.. South Louisiana law enforcement (including the Sheriff's Department overseen by Edwards's brother) has been under a fair amount of scrutiny for serious abuses of its power and privilege. And now resisting them may constitute a "hate crime." Heckuva job, guys.