NC sends additional payments to families of slain public safety workers
By WECT Staff | September 22, 2020 at 11:18 AM EDT – Updated September 22 at 12:02 PM
RALEIGH, N.C. (WECT) – Nearly $1 million has been retroactively paid to the families of nine public safety officers who were murdered in the line of duty since 2016, according to the N.C. Department of the State Treasurer.
Rep. Brenden Jones and Sen. Danny Britt, who both represent Columbus County, were primary sponsors of the legislation.
“Kevin was a dear friend for many years. We are glad we could not only honor his legacy, but also provide meaningful funds to help other families who suffered such a tragic loss,” Jones and Britt said in a joint statement. “We want them to know that their loved ones will never be forgotten. The state of North Carolina will always honor their memories and stand by our Corrections and law enforcement employees.”
In addition to providing a supplemental payment to the families of public safety officers murdered in the line of duty, Conner’s Law also increased the criminal penalty for assaulting a law enforcement officer, probation officer, parole officer, or emergency personnel with a firearm or other weapon.
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