Attorney General William Barr says the Trump administration will be moving to expedite the death penalty in cases involving convicted mass murderers and those who kill police officers.
Barr made the remarks during a speech in New Orleans on Monday saying, “We will be proposing legislation providing that in cases of mass murder, or in cases of murder of a law enforcement officer, there will be a timetable for judicial proceedings that will allow imposition of any death sentence without undue delay.”
The attorney general continued by saying capital punishment must be carried out quickly for those who have committed mass murders or killed law enforcement officials.
Barr continued by condemning the video that went viral depicting individuals pouring water on New York police officers earlier this month.
He suggested the government should not tolerate this behavior to any degree calling those who committed the acts “punks.”
Meanwhile, a California Highway Patrol officer was killed the same day in Riverside during a shootout with the suspect.
The incident, which left other officers wounded, happened during broad daylight in the Southern California city.
Barr’s remarks come shortly after two mass murders took the lives of over 30 people in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, sparking a nationwide debate on gun reform and the rule of law.
President Trump, a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment, has signaled support for both red flag laws and background checks for gun sales.
Both issues are expected to be debated on Capitol Hill early next month.