There are some measures that need to be passed, but this is not one of them.
An assault on a police officer is an assault on the Rule of Law.
The premise of this bill misunderstands the nature of a crime. The change proposed is to make assault on a police officer a felony only if he is seriously injured. How does the result change the nature of a crime?
Under this change, if you swing a bat at an officer’s head, and he sees it coming and ducks, it’s a misdemeanor, but if he’s looking the other way and you connect with his jaw, it’s a felony. How is your act or intent changed by the officer’s luck in avoiding the injury you clearly intended? This is just more pandering to lawlessness.
There are other reforms that make more sense, like STRICT enforcement of the limitations on searches that are effectively, NO KNOCK. (Virginia has no allowance for no-knock searches, but it does allow expedited entry under “exigent circumstances,” an exception that is routinely abused.)
Doing away with victimless crime laws would also make a lot of sense.
But allowing attacks on peace officers is not going to lead to anything good.