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New law will alert Missourians of violence against police

Jul 7, 2017

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A new system will soon alert Missourians when a law enforcement officer is killed or injured.

Gov. Eric Greitens on Friday signed a bill creating the "Blue Alert" system. Similar to Amber Alerts, the system would notify the public when someone who injured or killed a law enforcement officer is on the run.

The alert system was part of several crime-related changes to state law approved by the Legislature in May. The law also increases penalties for assaulting law enforcement officers.

Another part of the law creates a crime of illegal re-entry. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/2sRxdQE) if a person is deported from the U.S. for committing a crime and returns to the country and commits a felony, they would also be guilty of illegal re-entry in Missouri.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com