Gov. Signs Law Ending Death Penalty For Killing Cops Unless It's Premeditated

National Fraternal Order of Police President Patrick Yoes urged Governor Katherine Brown to call a special session.

Salem, OR – The world’s largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers is urging Oregon’s governor to call a special session of the State Legislature over a law change that narrows the instances in which cop killers will face potential death sentences.

Oregon Governor Katherine Brown signed off on Senate Bill 1013 earlier in September.

The new law “redefined and narrowed” the offense of aggravated murder “with respect to the application of the death penalty” by adding the requirement of premeditation, National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) President Patrick Yoes said in a letter to Brown on Sept. 4.

Aggravated murder is the only crime in the state of Oregon in which the death penalty can be applied, The Oregonian reported.

“Prior to the enactment of SB 1013 Aggravated Murder included the murder of any on-duty law enforcement officer – there was no requirement that the killing be premeditated,” Yoes wrote. “SB 1013 weakens this protection and…throws past and future cases of these crimes into legal uncertainty.”

“Requiring premeditation is too narrow for a person willing to kill a law enforcement officer,” the FOP president declared.

Yoes noted that law enforcement officers devote their lives to serving and protecting the community.

“They have very difficult and dangerous jobs and when one of them falls in the line of duty, it does not matter if their killer planned to murder them or simply did so as a result of a violent encounter,” he wrote. “In both situations, an individual makes a conscious decision to kill and in both situations, an officer is lost.”

Thirty-four of the 205 law enforcement officers who have been shot in the line of duty this year have died, Yotes said.

“Of these fatalities, we can say with certainty that only 9 of the killings were premeditated because those officers were ambushed,” he explained. “Our members view the erosion of these protections as a lack of support for them and for the dangerous work they perform. This impacts their morale and makes it all the more difficult for agencies to retain and recruit quality officers.”

On behalf of the 349,000-member FOP, Yoes urged Brown to call a special session of the State Legislature in order to “repeal SB 1013 or amend it by striking the premeditation requirement for those who murder or attempt to murder a law enforcement officer.”

The Oregon District Attorney’s Association has also publicly requested the governor call a special session to address problems with how the bill will affect the justice system, according to the letter.

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flybynight
flybynight

Soul patrol trolls will swarm this one in 5,4,3,2,1

gfc1963
gfc1963

More criminal loving idiots.

BerettaAPX
BerettaAPX

The left..unborn babies.. KILL EM... Old people... Let them kill themselves... Criminal murderers ohhh the poor souls..they need second third and forth chances.. You'll see they will become good people.. Liberalism is a mental disorder.. Think... Why do these people want to disarm law abiding citizens and nueter the police and empower criminals? Only answer is they are mentally ill.

AnnykaV
AnnykaV

Her protection detail, any capitol police should absolutely just walk off the job.

DeputyDad1228
DeputyDad1228

Good Job Oregonians... how to send your police packing for other states in 1 vote...

Vodkabreakfast
Vodkabreakfast

A pampered paper pusher assumes that freedom from danger is a natural entitlement. People don’t value the cop because they like his haircut. They value what the badge, uniform, oath and purpose represent. The piece of mind that comes with a structured force against blind chaos.An attack on Blue is an attack on You, you dizzy administrative obstructionist! Yet another posture of emotional misjudgement.

DC-TX
DC-TX

Outrageous. Most law enforcement murders are not pre-meditated and they know it. Why the fck would they give criminals MORE incentive to kill a police officer?

Bobarway
Bobarway

I am 100% for people who kill police officers getting the death penalty. Oregon has not executed anyone since 1962 so it's purely symbolic.

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

I guess we need to be mindreaders or Vulcans - we'll need to mindmeld with murderers to determine if they did premeditate the murders of police officers ... gee, did anyone see a Vulcan around?

flybynight
flybynight

Couldn't help but notice, but the photo showing him and LEO standing next to the truck shows it parked in a handicap spot. So maybe he's mentally handicapped?

Sivaas_
Sivaas_

That's the same b!tch that ordered her State Police, who were working alongside the FBI, to gun down a patriot on a roadside.

Anomie88
Anomie88

Today, I will not answer the radio call that there is an active shooter in your child’s school. Today, I will not answer the radio call that your boyfriend or husband has come home drunk and is beating you again. Today, I will not answer the radio call that your 16 year old daughter, who is very responsible, is four hours late coming home from school. Today, I will not answer the radio call that your store has been robbed or your house has been burglarized. Today, I will not stop a drunk driver from killing someone. I will not catch a rapist or a murderer or a car thief. Today, I won’t investigate the person peeping in your windows at 3 AM when you are asleep. Today, I won’t find your teenage child or college student stranded on the side of the rode without cell phone reception or injured in a crash on a secluded road. Today, I won’t perform CPR on your mother or father. Today, I will not answer the radio call that a man has a gun or tried to abduct a child or that someone has been stabbed or is trapped in a burning building and is need of rescue. Today, I will not save your child that you locked in a car or the child you were too busy to watch who went outside and fell into the swimming pool, but that I revived. No, today I will not do that. Why? Today, I was suspended from duty for doing my job, because the media, a community organizer, a lawyer who formally represented terrorists and a mayor or governor or congress person who ran on an anti-police agenda, who are afraid to tell people how it really is AND all who know nothing about policing, have vilified my profession. Or today, I was killed by a drunk driver while I was helping push a disabled car off the highway. I was shot and killed during a routine traffic stop to simply tell someone that they had a taillight out. I was killed in a traffic accident rushing to help a citizen. I was shot and killed serving a warrant on a known drug dealer. I was killed by a man when I came by to do a welfare check because his family was too busy. I was killed trying to stop a bank robbery or a grocery store robbery. I was ambushed checking a house or a business or a school. I was ambushed by people who have heeded the anti-police rhetoric and want lawlessness to succeed. I was killed doing my job. A chaplain and an officer will go to a house and tell a mom and dad or a wife or husband or a child that their son or daughter or husband or wife or father or mother won't be coming home today. The flags at many police stations were flown at half-mast today, but most people won't know why. There will be a funeral and my fellow officers will come, a twenty-one-gun salute will be given, and taps and bagpipes will be played as I am laid to rest. My name will be put on a plaque, on a wall, in a building, in a city somewhere. A folded flag will be placed on a mantel or a bookcase in a home somewhere and a family will mourn. There will be no cries for justice. There will be no riots in the streets. There will be no officers marching, screaming “no justice, no peace” because that would be “racist.” No citizens will scream that something must be done because that wouldn’t be part of the social agenda. No windows will be smashed, no cars burned, no stones thrown, no names called. Only a lonely someone crying themselves to sleep tonight will be the only sign that I was cared about and that I am missed. I was a police officer.

Teddy2
Teddy2

I live in Oregon. Most Oregonians are fed up with this evil woman. She is taking us down the path. trying to turn us into a second California. We now have a recall petition to try and get rid of her and her leftist agenda. Please anyone living in Oregon find a place to sign.

IGotYourSix2019
IGotYourSix2019

So when this bitch needs protecting, take your time getting there. Don't waste your time. She damn sure don't deserve it.

usac95
usac95

oregon what a POS liberal state you have no justice dept and some scom bag mayor in portland loves antifa so this #hit for brain Governor that photo here prove it lights on know one home

SARick
SARick

Her protection patrol should resign.

LynnSB
LynnSB

What an Absolute IGNORANT AHOLE -- !!

Nanaof4
Nanaof4

Isn't this the same person that ordered police to stand down during riots?

Aramovich
Aramovich

Understanding before you shoot, that killing a cop does not make you liable to death? Isn't that pre meditation?

John Chapman
John Chapman

Again, the cops are left holding the shitty end of the stick. Murderers have NO respect for human life, no matter who they are, especially law enforcement officers. And politicians and others are jumping on the band wagon. This law gives them the "Green light" to go ahead and kill cops. It's okay as long as it wasn't thought about in advance. This is a two for one special by the OR governor, a slap in the face and a knife in the back.

Cinler
Cinler

Why do these cups put up with this. BLUE FLU IS NEEDED AND WALK OFF THE JOB

BrotherSid
BrotherSid

Our police officers MUST BE Protected!! In the evil world we have today, evil is being glorified and doing the right things and respecting life is being vilified. That is wrong, it is backwards. The law is needed to protect those who are good and law abiding, and killing a police officer for ANY reason should be an automatic death penalty violation of law, period! Those men and women are there to protect the population from being overrun by the criminal element of our society!

CitizenCare
CitizenCare

It feels like Officers across the Nation need to decide if they want to be political puppets or protect OUR Rights. Politicians are chipping away at our police departments abilities to stop violent crime. Only the Officers we trust our lives to can help resolve these differences.

Family in Blue
Family in Blue

I am not a lawer, but in a rational view, premeditated, a criminal points a gun at an Officer, aims, then fires. I don't care if he woke up and thought and planned it. Before he held aand raised his weapon, to the point of pulling the trigger seems to me would be premeditated.

CantFS
CantFS

Turn the streets over to the libs. Police should find other work. See what happens when libs with mental disorders pass these laws.

Any_One
Any_One

If the USA was an autocracy & I was it's czar, the police would have the right to end lives for even the slightest things, like arguing/spitting,fighting/resisting/RUNNING from, etc & there would be a mandatory death sentence for shooting one whether the policeman died or not. I would also pay them extra hazardous duty jungle pay for having to endure dealing with the endarkened ones; the anti-civilizationists...

61mouse
61mouse

Why are cops up there still working ?? There are better places to be a.cop.

fishing
fishing

This creepy little woman probably complains when her neighbors cook hamburgers outside and she doesn't like the smell, as she eats her lettuce sandwich....

magnumforc
magnumforc

Oregon has become a cesspool of liberalism.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Wow. And she's not even black and she hates the cops. Sad!

Chief Deputy
Chief Deputy

All Leo's, pack n get out of Crazyfornia, Oregon, Washington State before GOD pushes all them Fairies into the ocean forever..

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

So basically she is saying that policemen are no better than civilians. A message like that is bound to be unpopular with policemen because Blue Lives Matter!

MajScallywag
MajScallywag

More leftcoast socialist/communist democrat crap.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Reading this story and looking at this vile woman's pinched in smug nose, something didn't sit right with me. Yeah, she's obviously a liberal feminist cop hating piece of s**t biatch, but there's something else.....Oh damn!!! She's married but likes to swing both ways!!

Kevcali
Kevcali

Not only recall the law, recall the governor for signing it! And the Congress that sent it to her. What good will it be to call a special session when the dweebs already passed it?

Cops kid
Cops kid

What's the penalty for murdering the governor if it's not premeditated ? Just wondering

flybynight
flybynight

$oro$ pockets are deep and his tentacles are long.

tfort
tfort

Who cares what a union thinks about the law?

The Governor works for everyone and has to make the best decision for all citizens.

tfort
tfort

What about all of these cop suicides? Are they getting the death penalty?

Oh, nevermind......

Astroserf
Astroserf

Don't forget, Oregon's stupid legislators came up with and passed that law. The Gov. needs to go, but so does the majority of them. It's just like the mess we have now in Colorado with complete DemonRat control of our government.

UsAgainstThem
UsAgainstThem

Oregon doing it's best to become another Calif full of bleeding heart, liberal, granola eating basement dwellers.

rodeoruss
rodeoruss

Every officer in the state should call in sick at the same time for about a week. The public will retaliate and hold a special election to clean up and clean out the trash from their public offices. Believe me even the national guard is not trained to fill in for for the policing job. I know you serve because of your love for your community. The community also loves you and the service you provide much more that the rats that infest your political offices. Stand Tall brothers and sisters in blue, you can make a difference.

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

If a bad guy points a gun at any LE, it's premeditated! It also ends up getting the bad guys a$$shot off or having a fur missle drag him around a few minutes!

Skeetokins
Skeetokins

This is beyond disgusting. Every day our police get a little bit more disrespect and hatred pointed at them. It should not come from above also. And anyone with half a brain knows that if someone is willing to kill an officer, they wont give 2 thoughts about killing the average citizen.

What is really disturbing about this is that someone mentioned that there has not been an execution in Oregon since the 60s, so this is just mostly a symbolic gesture. If that is the case, why even think about it in the first place? Was she just sitting around wondering how she could heap on more disrespect to the people that we depend on?

I am actually mostly against the death penalty, but not in these cases. We need to show support to the officers and respect towards the badge. Where would we be without law and order? We ask these officers to stand between us and those who would do us harm, and they do it every day. That means something.

Alex9078
Alex9078

Just another attack on Law Enforcement by the liberals. She should be recalled!

Becca59
Becca59

She doesntcare about anything but filling her pockets. With as much harassment Police, Fire, EMT, etc get these days, well Krap Kate, its people in position of authority like you that think you are so above anyone else. It's sickening. I also think if someone is recalled. Impeached, run outta town, should NOT get ANY kind of pension. Live on what you stole from your constituents. 💩💩💩

crf78112
crf78112

If a criminal is carrying a weapon, he has already decided to kill if he is caught, the very definition of premeditated. Where's the question?

Stoptheinsanity
Stoptheinsanity

If you point and shoot a gun at a cop... that IS premeditated murder!!!!!!!!!!!! Come on Oregonians you can do better than this with your elected officials!!

walkintall
walkintall

There's just NOTHING quite like the People's Republic of Oregon.

ElleD
ElleD

And yet if she calls 911 and needs help because she is being physically attacked and in fear for her life, our men in blue would be there. Because that's what they are made of.