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Luetkemeyer to propose Max's Law

The law would increase the crime of killing a police K-9 in the line of duty, in honor of the fallen St. Joseph police K-9 Max.

Posted: Jul 19, 2021 9:20 PM
Updated: Jul 20, 2021 9:40 AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) --  State Senator Tony Luetkemeyer, has said he is working on introducing legislation that would increase the penalties for killing a law enforcement K-9 in the line of duty.

The republican from Platte City says he's doing it in response to the recent shooting of K-9 Max of the St. Joseph Police Department. Many, including Luetkemeyer, say they believe that the current penalty for killing a police K-9 is not harsh enough. It is currently classified as a Class E felony, the lowest category of felonies, and considered a property crime.

The legislation Luetkemeyer is working on would raise the charges to a Class D felony, punishable by up to seven years in prison.

"In many cases lives are saved because of the amazing things that these dogs can do," Luetkemeyer said. "Certainly, I think an argument can be made that in the case of K-9 Max there may have been a loss of human life had it not been for his intervention."

Luetkemeyer is proposing the new bill to be called "Max's Law" in honor of the fallen St. Joseph K-9. He says he plans to pre-file the legislation at the state capitol in Jefferson City in December.

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