Lawmakers introduce bill in honor of fallen Columbus County trooper


RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) — Lawmakers unveiled a new bill Thursday morning in honor of late Trooper Kevin Conner, who was shot and killed the morning of October 17.

N.C. House Majority Leader John Bell and Deputy House Majority Leader Brenden Jones introduced “Conner’s Law” Thursday. The bill is aimed at enhancing the penalties for assaults on law enforcement officers and increasing the death benefits for families of fallen officers.

Lawmakers say they want to send law enforcement officers a message loud and clear – they’ve got your back.

“We’re also here to send a very clear message to those who want to harm our law enforcement officers – we’re not going to put up with it anymore,” Representative Brenden Jones said.

Thursday morning in Raleigh Jones, surrounded by Conner’s family, introduced Conner’s Law.

“Kevin Conner was a great man,” Jones said. “A dedicated father and courageous trooper, who’s life was cut far too short.”

Conner was gunned down during a traffic stop in Columbus County last fall.

Jones says this bill will do two things; increase benefits for families of fallen law enforcement officers, and take a tougher stance against those who shoot at officers.

“It increases the penalty for assaulting an officer from a Class E felony, to a Class D felony,” Jones said.

It’s a show of support for the men and women who form the thin blue line.

“I think we don’t realize how much members of the law enforcement community deal with on a daily basis, with their mission actually protect all of us,” Representative Tim Moore said.

Everyone had no doubt that Conner would be all for this bill.

“Kevin would be for anything that would protect these guys,” Jones said. “They were his brothers. And with the insurance part, it would protect his family. So this is huge. This is a right step for protecting our law enforcement and he would be all for it.”

As a Class D felony, a person convicted of assaulting a law enforcement officer with a fire arm could get away with just probation. Now as a Class E felony, jail time will be required.

Two men have been charged in Conner’s death.

Chauncy Askew is charged with first degree murder, and will face the death penalty. Raheem Davis is charged with felony accessory after the fact of murder.

 

 

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