Lawmaker wants death penalty for cop killers

There's a new push to bring back capital punishment in Michigan for anyone convicted of killing a police officer.

One state lawmaker is calling for the death penalty for cop killers.

Detroit officers Matthew Bowens and Jennifer Fettig were shot and killed while on a traffic stop here on Golbert Street at Michigan Avenue in Feb. 2004. 

The convicted killer, Eric Marshal, was convicted of both murders and died in prison in 2010. 

Bowens' father Jim Bowens persuaded State Senate Democrat from Detroit, Virgil Smith, to offer a resolution.  It would change the state's constitution and bring the death penalty for murder convictions of police officers and correction officers killed in the line of duty. 

"I lost my son," Bowens said. "The American people, especially the people of Michigan, should decide this issue. Not a few people up in Lansing."

Jim Bowens has tried this before and failed. He says his chances of succeeding legislation with Smith will be improved this time.

"Now we have Republicans ... who are supportive of this," Bowens said. "Virgil is a Democrat from Detroit, so that shows what a help it is going to be. We're going to try to get ground roots support from all the media, all the police departments, all the people. All the people who have lost ones in Detroit or any other city. Get on board and let's get this passed to protect you and your family."

In 1847 Michigan became the first state in the country to abolish capital punishment. 

To succeed changing the state constitution, it requires a two-thirds majority in the State House and Senate as well as a vote passed by state voters.
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