The “Blue Lives Matter” law goes into effect today in Louisiana, and Alexandria Representative Lance Harris says his bill is now more important than ever after the attacks on police officers in Baton Rouge and Dallas.

Harris says crimes committed against first responders, because of the uniforms they wear are now classified as hate crimes, as a result of this new law.

State Rep. Lance Harris

After the fatal shooting of two police officers and one sheriff’s deputy in Baton Rouge, there were also social media threats made against law enforcement in Caddo and St. Charles parishes. Harris says this law applies to those criminal acts as well.

Harris says because of this new law, people who target police officers and first responders will spend more time behind bars.