Virginia Senate advances bill to downgrade charge for assaulting police, end mandatory jail term

Published: August 27, 2020 | Fox News

The Virginia Senate this week approved a bill that would let the charge of assaulting a police officer be a misdemeanor instead of a felony, and eliminate the mandatory jail term for being convicted of such a crime.

The Senate's vote was 21-15 on Wednesday night, WSLS-TV of Roanoke reported. The bill now shifts to the state House for its consideration. Democrats control both chambers of the state Legislature as well as the governor's office.

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