A bill to add protections for police officers awaits Governor Brian Kemp's signature.

By Donna Lowry | GPB | June 29, 2020

Civil rights groups want Gov. Brian Kemp to veto a bill that establishes penalties for anyone who commits a crime against first responders, including police officers.

On Monday, protestors exressed their displeasure over the bill in front of the governor's mansion. The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia, the NAACP and Fair Fight Action are among the groups asking the governor to take a close look at the bill, which they claim is flawed.

The ACLU also believes the bill actually hurts police officers because it weakens the penalties for serious crimes against police.

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