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Florida Gov DeSantis signs new anti-riot bill that cracks down on violent protests and stops police budgets from being cut on the same day as Derek Chauvin's closing arguments

* The bill that aims to crack down on violent protests comes into effect immediately in Florida
* Gov Ron DeSantis signed the bill, officially known as HB 1, on Monday as closing arguments in the Derek Chauvin trial
   over George Floyd's death were held
* The bill increases the criminal penalties for those who commit crimes during a riot, including assault and defacing
   monuments and public property
* The bill also allows local governments to be sued if they fail to prevent a riot breaking out and protests police budgets
   from being cut
* It also gives civil immunity to people who drive into protesters who have forcibly blocked roads

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has signed a new anti-riot bill into law on the same day as closing arguments in the Derek Chauvin trial over George Floyd's death.

The Republican-backed bill, which aims to crack down on violent protests, comes into effect immediately and is response to the riots that broke out in the wake of the police killing of Floyd in Minneapolis last summer.

DeSantis signed the bill, officially known as HB 1, on Monday at a press conference at the Polk County Sheriff's Office headquarters.

'I think it's really remarkable if you look at the breadth of this particular piece of legislation,' he said.

'It is the strongest anti-rioting, pro-law enforcement piece of legislation in the country. There's just nothing even close.'

It will increase the criminal penalties for those who commit crimes during a riot, including assault and defacing monuments and public property. It will be punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

'This bill protects all monuments in Florida. You have no right to go in and take down monuments, we're not going to let the mob win the day with that,' DeSantis said. 

It also creates a new second-degree felony called aggravated riot that can see people charged when a riot has more than 25 participants and causes bodily harm, more $5,000 in property damage or blocks roadways by force.

The bill allows local governments to be sued if they fail to prevent a riot breaking out and adds language to state law that could force local governments to justify a reduction in law enforcement budgets.

It gives civil immunity to people who drive into protesters who have blocked roads and also prevents those who have been charged in relation to a riot from being released on bail until after their first court appearance.

'Just think about it, you're driving home from work, and all of a sudden, you have people out there shutting down a highway, and we worked hard to make sure that didn't happen in Florida,' DeSantis said.

'They start to do that, there needs to be swift penalties.'

The bill builds on several measures DeSantis introduced last summer as a response to the violent protests following George Floyd's death at the hands of police. 

Republicans say the bill is designed to protect people and property. They have hit back at suggestions that the bill will impact freedom of speech.

'Rights have limits, and violence is where the line is drawn,' said Republican Sen. Danny Burgess, who carried the bill in the Senate. 'This bill is about preventing violence.'

Those who oppose the bill, however, say it aims to stop protests altogether and violate the First Amendment Rights of people involved in groups like Black Lives Matter.

The American Civil Liberties Union previously said the new law would give police broad discretion over what constitutes a demonstration and a riot.

'The bill was purposely designed to embolden the disparate police treatment we have seen over and over again directed towards black and brown people who are exercising their constitutional right to protest,' said Micah Kubic, the executive director of ACLU of Florida.

It was first filed in the Florida House of Representatives in January before being passed by the Senate, 23-17, last Thursday.

The bill was sent to Florida's Republican governor as new protests erupted last week in a Minneapolis suburb after another fatal police shooting of black man Daunte Wright and as closing arguments started in Derek Chauvin's trial.

In Minneapolis, where the trial is taking place, the city is already taking precautions in case of unrest.

More than 3,000 members of the National Guard have been drafted into the city, in addition to 1,100 officers from public safety agencies across the state as part of what has been termed Operation Safety Net.

Businesses have already been boarded up and the area around Hennepin County Government Center, where Chauvin's trial is being held, has already been fortified with concrete barricades and multiple layers of high-security fencing topped by barbed wire.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9487795/Florida-Gov-DeSantis-signs-new-anti-riot-bill.html

UGetPaid

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The American Civil Liberties Union previously said the new law would give police broad discretion over what constitutes a demonstration and a riot.
The ACLU is the most useless waste of human productivity on the planet.


And as for the distinction between a demonstration and a riot - that is so self explanatory that any simple idiot could tell the difference between the two. Peaceful protest in which no destruction of property takes place? That's a demonstration. An unruly crowd that sets fire to anything or breaks glass windows or throws projectiles at other people? That is a riot.

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Good for him.

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That's great. I wish more state governors would do that. He really looks out for his constituents. I'm afraid, though, that the more people that move to that state, the more it's going to change, if it doesn't sink from the weight of the people and businesses. LOL  So many people moving there that they're soon going to have a housing problem. Texas has a lot of California people moving there and this is why they are now a purple state.

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Just an excuse  to steal or. Cause. Damage.  Last summer.  People  were filming. The  looters  and  bragging about what they got. My tablet is  messed up hard to write.

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when people realize that less cops means there safety is in danger this will stop.  Good for Florida.

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That is why, he is one of the best, if not the best Governor in the country.....

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These people may not have the right to do the things they are doing but they are "free" to do them but I guess they have deceived themselves into thinking they are "free" from would be consequences...
"Let me ask you something. If the rule you followed brought you to this, of what use was the rule?"

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its about darn time that someone did something like this for there own state. Other states should follow suit. The riots have gone on long enough & its time for them to end. Tired of seeing it in the news especailly from portland of all places. Too much stuff has been damaged and too many lives lost because of these fake peaceful protests

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I hope they get out now!

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The shrewd one sees the danger and conceals himself,but the inexperienced keep right on going and suffer the consequences.

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The shrewd one sees the danger and conceals himself,but the inexperienced keep right on going and suffer the consequences.
I really don't know how to comment on this, but I think it is something good. I want this in my country too. I like to be "free". Talking about me, I love my work, I like everything I do, especially it manages to maintain my family and not only. I buy properties for sale Adelaide, which I then rent, and if I want I can sell them but at higher prices, because I always make some changes or renovations. However, I truly like these words that the shrewd one sees the danger and conceals himself, but the inexperienced keep right on going and suffer the consequences. Deep meaning.
« Last Edit: May 08, 2021, 12:12:21 am by Mollly13 »

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The shrewd one sees the danger and conceals himself,but the inexperienced keep right on going and suffer the consequences.

In your words are so much truth!
Molly,they are not my words,im just using Jehovahs words to remind us all man doesnt live by bread alone.But TY for the reply.

Proverbs 22:3 is the word of God from the bible RE the shrewd one.
« Last Edit: May 08, 2021, 05:13:43 am by Donnamarg323 »

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That is why, he is one of the best, if not the best Governor in the country.....

I agree, king4cash! He's a breath of fresh air.  :rainbow:

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