Ohio Bill Makes Killing First Responders A Death Penalty Crime

The proposed legislation also includes killings of current or former military members.

CLEVELAND — A bill in the Ohio state House Legislature would add killing a first responder or military member to the list of slayings eligible for the death penalty.

Rep. Dave Greenspan, a Republican from Westlake (a suburb of Cleveland) is spearheading the proposal. The bill would address fatal attacks on firefighters and emergency medical service providers.

The legislation in the House Criminal Justice Committee would also include killings of current and former military members including reservists and national guard members.

Killing a police officer is already a crime eligible for the death penalty.\

Rep Greenspan says “I was inspired to act by cases in recent years nationally and in Ohio of attacks on police, fire and military personnel.”

Greenspan tells Cleveland.com the goal is providing a strong deterrent.

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