The state senator wants a proposal for a mandatory death sentence for the murder of a police officer

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — A Pennsylvania state senator just wants an outcome for someone convicted of murdering a police officer.

Senator Mike Regan (R-Cumberland/York) plans to introduce a bill that would make the death penalty mandatory for any adult convicted of murdering a police officer. His throw to colleagues came just days after a Temple University police officer was shot dead.

Title 18 currently provides for either the death penalty or life imprisonment for first-degree murder of a police officer. Sen. Regan’s bill would eliminate the possibility of a life sentence.

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“To take steps to try and build a deterrent that will deter someone from committing a crime knowing that if they commit the crime they will be killed, I think that would play a role,” he said Regan.

Democrats disagree that it would deter crime. Senator Sharif Street serves Philadelphia, where Temple Policeman Christopher Fitzgerald was just killed.

“I don’t want to say that I’m not sensitive to the outrage that Senator Reagan and others feel. I think it’s well placed, but it’s not an effective way to keep officers safe,” Sen. Street said.

Governor Shapiro said he refuses to sign death warrants while in office.

“The Commonwealth shouldn’t be in the business of killing people,” Shapiro said.

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The Pennsylvania State Fraternal Order of Police released a statement.

“Convicted criminals facing the death penalty have been granted a full and complete trial by our justice system. This system decided when punishment was appropriate for those so sentenced. A jury of their own kind should have the final say,” the fraternal order told police. The state senator wants a proposal for a mandatory death sentence for the murder of a police officer

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