Time for Action

Tom Hayes

After the July 17th execution of three more police officers in Baton Rouge, the rules of engagement have changed. The

conversation is over.

The time has come for politicians to take action instead of adding to the useless rhetoric.

Frankly, I am tired of politicians who speak at fallen officers’ funerals saying that they support law enforcement, but

in reality do nothing to support us.

I propose that a multi-agency federal task force be formed consisting of federal (FBI, U.S. Marshals, ATF, etc.), state,

county, and local law enforcement agencies. A task force with the mission to monitor the online rhetoric threatening police

officers.

Individuals advocating through online social media, for the execution of law enforcement officers, need to be arrested and labeled for who they are: domestic terrorists.

Federal criminal statutes defines domestic terrorism as “activities that (A) involve acts dangerous to human life that are

violations of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State, (B) appear to be intended: (i) to intimidate or coerce a

civilian population, (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping; and (C) occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States.

The recent ambush assassinations of police officers across this nation fits this definition of domestic terrorism.

Our elected representatives at the national, state, and local levels must realize this definition fits and react accordingly.

The federal agencies tasked with monitoring online activity for global terrorist threats against our country must amend their charter and be tasked and funded to monitor domestic terrorism against the police as well.

Law Enforcement officers represent law and order. They represent the governing bodies who employ them. They represent the communities that they serve and protect.

Threats against officers should be taken as threats against society, and local, county, state, and federal government.

Individuals should not be allowed to advocate for the execution of any group of people–online or during protests.

Making terrorist threats overrides the Constitutional right to freedom of speech.

Texas state statues regarding terrorist threats need to be strengthened and updated to include stiffer penalties. The use of

social media in making and perpetuating terrorist threats needs to be added to the current law.

The federal task force that I am calling for needs to search, find, arrest, and prosecute the individuals using social

media to threaten officers and to radicalize citizens against law enforcement.

As a starting point, the current presidential administration must cancel the ban on the procurement and use of military

equipment by police agencies. The full out assault on officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge proved that this equipment is needed to combat terrorists, both domestic and international, and to keep officers alive and communities safe.

Laws relating to assaults and assassinations against law enforcement need to be enforced and maximum sentences need to be sought. That includes maximum sentencing for convicted felons

illegally in possession of firearms.

We need new aggressive laws that identify, arrest, and prosecute domestic terrorists before they ambush and assassinate

police officers in cold blood.

The rhetoric must stop.

The time for action is now.