Baker pushing for law to better protect police

BAKER — Gov. Charlie Baker is expected to file a bill that would help better protect police officers in the line of duty.

The legislation is similar to a bill Baker pushed last year after Auburn police Officer Ronald Tarentino was shot and killed during a traffic stop.

Under current law, assault and battery of a police officer is a misdemeanor, but would be bumped up to a felony with the potential of being sentenced to 10 years in jail.