Hate Crimes

Louisiana adds police protections to hate-crime laws

Louisiana has become the first state in the nation to expand its hate-crime laws to protect police, firefighters and emergency medical crews.

Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards, whose family includes four generations of sheriffs, signed the law on Thursday. He said it protects "men and women who put their lives on the line every day."

"Coming from a family of law enforcement officers, I have great respect for the work that they do and the risks they take to ensure our safety," Edwards said.

Prosecutors can now seek stronger penalties when first responders are intentionally targeted because of their professions. That's a departure from the other...