BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Representative Danny McCormick introduced a bill into the Louisiana legislature this week that would classify homicides as justified if “committed for the purpose of preventing imminent destruction of property or imminent threat of tumultuous and violent conduct during a riot.”

Current Louisiana law considers homicides justified when committed in self-defense, in defense of others, if someone “reasonably believes” someone else is likely to use any unlawful force while committing a burglary or robbery, or to prevent someone from unlawfully entering a space where a person inside the space believes deadly force was necessary to prevent them from entering.

Data from the FBI’s annual Uniform Crime Reporting program shows that the rate of property crimes committed in Louisiana has decreased by half since its peak in the 1990s. In 1996 the FBI reported that Louisiana experienced about 5,909 property crimes per 100,000 residents. That number inched downward over the next 24 years reaching a 30 year low of 2,884 per 100,000 residents in 2020, a 51% decrease.

State Representative McCormick represents District 1 in the Louisiana legislature which includes parts of Bossier and Caddo Parish.