An American legal
concept which basically states that attacking someone employed by the American government
is a worse criminal offense than attacking another plain citizen
. Some, if not most, jurisdictions have this concept. It is typically seen invoked in cases where, for example, a public school student
punches one of his public school teachers
. Ironically, a student in a private school
can attack his teachers and get off with a lesser offense.
This is different from assault on a law enforcement officer.