US towns offer hate crime protections for cops. But does that help?

-CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR, OCTOBER 21, 2015, FEAT. PROF. SETH STOUGHTON:

When the police chief in Red Wing, Minn., approached the city council earlier this month asking for their support in gaining federal hate-crime protections for law enforcement, the city council didn’t hesitate.

 

The small city on the Mississippi River became the second place in the United States to pass a resolution calling for crimes against law enforcement to be prosecuted as hate crimes. The call for such protections is the latest development in a fraught year for law enforcement, which has seen both higher scrutiny over officers’ use of lethal force, as well as a series of high-profile fatal ambush attacks against police. <Read More>