‘Punishment must be swift and certain’
Attorney General William Barr vowed on Monday new legislation that would fast-track the death penalty for death-row inmates convicted of killing a police officer or committing mass murder.
Speaking at the Fraternal Order of Police conference in New Orleans, Barr announced that legislation that permits the “imposition of any death sentence without undue delay” for convicted mass murderers and cop killers will make its way to Capitol Hill after Labor Day, CNN reported.
“This administration will not tolerate violence against police, and we will do all we can to protect the safety of law enforcement officers,” Barr said. “Punishment must be swift and certain.”
The effort is being spearheaded by the Justice Department after President Donald Trump lauded such a bill last week.
However, as ABC News noted, opponents of the death penalty argue that swift executions would likely not deter those intent on committing mass murder because of the amount of planning involved, which usually includes the killer taking his own life or dying by suicide-by-cop.
Barr’s announcement came just weeks after his agency announced it would resume carrying out executions of federal death-row prisoners later this year after a nearly two-decade hiatus.
Author: Chris Enloe