Memorials Honoring Veterans & 1st Responders

 

Senate Public Safety Committee Kills Morrell ‘s 

Bill to Hold Accountability for Vandalism  



It is our duty to ensure that future generations understand the significance of these individuals’ service and that their sacrifices are never forgotten. This vote calls into question the resolve to hold vandals accountable for dishonoring the memories of fallen American heroes.”

Wednesday April 20, despite bipartisan support, Democrats on the Senate Committee on Public Safety rejected Senate Bill 1080 by Senator Mike Morrell (Republican -Rancho Cucamonga), which would have held individuals who vandalize the gravesites or memorials of Veterans or First Responders to greater accountability for their crimes. 

“Veterans, peace officers, firefighters, and other first responders risk their lives in order to protect our communities and nation,” ……….   

It is our duty to ensure that future generations understand the significance of these individuals’ service and that their sacrifices are never forgotten. This vote calls into question the resolve to hold vandals accountable for dishonoring the memories of fallen American heroes.”

        

Senate Bill 1080 was brought forward by the American G.I. Forum in response to the Summer 2015 vandalism of the Mexican American Veterans Memorial in Sacramento’s Capitol Park(link is external). The statue, also known as El Soldado, had the end of its rifle broken off. It was originally commissioned by a group of Mexican-American mothers whose sons died during World War II.  

*‚Äč Senate Bill 1080 is supported by various Veterans

and public safety groups including:

 

American Legion, AMVETS, VFW Department of California,

California Association of County Veterans Service Officers,

Vietnam Veterans of America – California State Council,

Military Officers Association of America – California Council of Chapters,

California State Commanders Veterans Council,

Los Angeles County Professional Peace Officers Association

 

Senate Bill 1080 was blocked by a vote of 3-4!

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