Bilirakis Praises Bill to Hold Cop Killers Accountable
Washington, D.C. – In recognition of National Police Week, the U.S. House passed the Thin Blue Line Act (H.R. 115) to toughen penalties against individuals who murder state and local law enforcement officers. Rep. Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) praised the legislation in a speech on the House floor, and commemorated a fallen officer from Tarpon Springs, Florida.
Please see below for Bilirakis’ remarks.
“I rise today in solidarity with our law enforcement officers, and in support of the rule and passage of the Thin Blue Line Act.
“This bill makes sure that anyone who targets and attacks a state or local law enforcement officer is held accountable.
“The men and women who serve in our local police forces put their lives on the line to keep us safe. They are our ‘everyday heroes.’
“In 2014, Tarpon Springs Police Officer Charles Kondek was shot and killed by a fugitive while on duty. Officer Kondek worked in Tarpon Springs for seventeen years, and did a wonderful job of keeping us safe.
“These ambush-style killings of law enforcement officers have increased across the country by 167%. This is unacceptable.
“The Thin Blue Line Act brings us one step closer to justice for these horrific crimes. Let’s pass this bill.”