Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is expected to sign a tough new anti-riot bill. This latest bill will harshly punish mob violence and protect police budgets from ideologically driven local Democrat politicians.
On Thursday, the state Senate voted along party lines to pass HB 1 titled “Combatting Pubic Disorder”. This has been a top priority of DeSantis who is expected to sign it into law as early as Friday.
The law would require state approval for any cuts to police funding by municipalities, as well as increasing penalties for defacing or destroying statues & monuments, and attacking police during a “protest”. It would also give civil legal immunity to those who may drive through rioters blocking roadways if they are in fear for their safety.
Further enraging liberals is that rioters will be ineligible for bail until after their first court appearance, to prevent them from being bailed out of jail and quickly rejoining the riot.
The law also creates a new crime of “mob intimidation” which the Orlando Sentinel describes as “defined as three or more people “acting with a common intent” forcing or threatening to force another person from taking a viewpoint against their will, is created by the bill. It is punishable as a first-degree misdemeanor, and bail is denied until first court appearance for anyone charged with the crime.”
It is a major step forward for Florida, a state that has become a national model for effective COVID management. The state has managed to protect civil liberties and economic concerns while addressing the unprecedented public health crisis.
Florida Senate passes "anti-riot" bill:
-grants civil legal immunity to ppl who drive through protesters in the road
-ppl arrested during protests cant bail out until 1st court appearance
-6month mandatory sentence for battery on a cop during protesthttps://t.co/Eax0LTvDiH
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) April 15, 2021
Governor DeSantis hailed the passage of the bill in a statement released by his office:
“This legislation strikes the appropriate balance of safeguarding every Floridian’s constitutional right to peacefully assemble while ensuring that those who hide behind peaceful protest to cause violence in our communities will be punished. Further, this legislation ensures that no community in the state engages in defunding of their police”.
The law comes as the nation is on the cusp of another explosion of rioting, looting, and thuggery. The George Floyd murder trial moving into its closing arguments sees the city of Minneapolis already wracked by violent “protests”. Security measures have been ramped up even further after the accidental police shooting of a young black man there on Sunday.
Last summer’s riots were egged on by Democrats, following the fateful rendezvous of Floyd with Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin. The city’s burning was championed by the media, sports leagues, and given full corporate sponsorship as companies wrote huge checks to the militant Black Lives Matter movement.
It is clear that Gov. DeSantis and certain legislative members are aiming to shut down political speech they disagree with in a direct attack on the First Amendment and at the cost of Black and Brown people. This bill is a disgrace to our state.
— ACLU of Florida (@ACLUFL) April 15, 2021
Unsurprisingly, the Florida American Civil Liberties Union reacted harshly to the news. Executive director Micah Kubic declared that, “HB 1 is racist, unconstitutional, and anti-democratic, plain and simple. 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”. Because when it comes to the corrupt UCLA and Democrats, everything is racist.
There once was a time when what the ACLU had to say actually meant something. When they were a staunch protector of the civil liberties of all Americans. Not just another politicized appendage of the radicalized Democratic party.
Once DeSantis signs the bill into law, it will hopefully serve as an inspiration to other Republican governors who will follow along. Passing similar legislation to preserve law and order is the only way to reject the violence of the Democrats’ street mobs.