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Arrington introduces pieces of legislation to protect law enforcement, punish rioters

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Lubbock Congressman Jodey Arrington introduced three new pieces of legislation designed to protect law enforcement and prosecute rioters Tuesday. 

"People need to be held accountable. People should not get off scot-free. Prosecutors should enforce the law and prosecute those who perpetrate crimes on our civilians," he said.

The Patrick Underwood Act would increase penalties for assault on federal officers by raising fines and established mandatory imprisonment for assault with a deadly weapon.

The David Dorn Act would double the maximum imprisonment for rioting and establishes a mandatory fine. 

Another resolution affirms the federal government's duty to immediately restore order and domestic tranquility to federal property, federal law enforcement and the constitutional rights of U.S. citizens. 

"We must do everything we can to prevent another tragedy like Patrick Underwood and David Dorn, and countless other individuals who wear the uniform who've been killed and the hundreds who've been assaulted," Congressman Arrington said. "There are people in these violent mobs who are rioting in the streets of what were once great American cities."

Congressional candidate for District 19 Tom Watson responded to the proposed legislations.

"While we all appreciate Mr. Arrington finally coming back to his district, his bill does not help West Texans," he said. "Mr. Arrington should spend more time helping his constituents who are struggling to put food on the table and keep their businesses open due to the current pandemic. He should be announcing assistance for struggling families, small businesses and our public schools instead of leading people to believe he represents a violent and lawless district."

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