ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – With two police officers wounded in the line of duty looking on, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens signed a bill to protect police.
The legislation will create a “Blue Alert” system. Similar to Amber Alerts, it to quickly spread the word when a suspect is sought in connection with an attack on police.
The plan will also toughen the penalty for assaulting law enforcement officers.
“If you hurt or attack a law enforcement officer in the state of Missouri,” Greitens said, “we’re going to bring you to justice. You’re going to go to prison, and you’re not coming out for a long time.”
Ballwin Officer Mike Flamion, who was paralyzed in a traffic stop shooting a year ago, was present.
“I think it will be great that we can get information out in real time,” Flamion said. “Hopefully, when things like this happen, we can get everybody apprehended quicker.”
St. Louis Police Sgt. Tom Lake was also present for the bill signing. Lake was shot in the face while riding in his patrol car in south St. Louis in November 2016.
“It also helps our citizens to know there’s a dangerous person out there, and they can help us find who we’re looking for,” Lake said.