Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida wants to bring felony charges against violent protesters who get arrested for “disorderly assemblies”. This legislation would include blocking traffic, hitting a police officer, and all things that fall under violent protesters causing property damage or injuring another human being according to his proposal.
He is over the lawlessness and feels harsh consequences are required to help create a path back to instilling law and order in this country.
“If you do it, and you know that a ton of bricks will rain down on you, then I think people will think twice about engaging in this type of conduct,” he said during a press conference.
Toppling statues will also be a felony under this new proposed law. It would seek to impose a mandatory six-month lock-up in jail if found guilty of hitting or throwing an object at any police officer or law enforcement authority.
He is calling it “Combating Violence, Disorder and Looting and Law Enforcement Protection Act” and it will be his focus moving forward into the 2021 legislative session. He’s not playing games, he wants it done.
“You have an obligation to let the voters know where you stand on this bill,” said Governor DeSantis, addressing officials running for office.
“Are you going to stand with law and order and safe communities, or are you going to stand with the mob?”
Today I announced bold legislation that creates new criminal offenses and increases penalties for those who target law enforcement and participate in violent or disorderly assemblies. We will always stand with our men and women in uniform who keep our communities safe. pic.twitter.com/ITl5GmmrZJ
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) September 21, 2020
He also mentioned that city leaders who choose to encourage rioting and refuse to protect their citizens will also be liable for damages.
There is a difference between protests and riots, this Florida sheriff provided guidance:
Sheriff Grady Judd! pic.twitter.com/lo4mEL76LQ
— Karli ?? (@KarluskaP) September 22, 2020
How is that for serving up a nice heaping dish of law and order?
This proposal is most likely going to face some pretty intense opposition in the state’s legislature. In Florida the Democrats control the upper chamber, so the Governor will have his work cut out for him.
With this proposal, the Governor would also reject state and local governments from hiring people who have a record of convictions and charges that are related to any sort of protest. He would also cause that current government employees would be convicted of those charges and could be fired and denied state benefits.
This proposal was backed by Florida’s Sheriffs and Police Chiefs associations.
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