A brand new invoice handed by the Florida Senate and proposed by Gov. Ron DeSantis will give folks civil immunity for working over protesters.
The Orlando Sentinel reported, “The elements of the invoice (HB 1 ) that the majority upset Democrats grant civil authorized immunity to individuals who drive by protesters blocking a street; forestall folks arrested for rioting or offenses dedicated throughout a riot from bailing out of jail till their first court docket look, and impose a six-month obligatory sentence for battery on a police officer throughout a riot.”
Individuals might nonetheless be criminally charged for taking their automotive and mowing down protesters who’re utilizing their First Modification rights, however in Florida, the motive force will no be capable to be sued for civil damages.
Florida Republicans declare that they’re stopping violence by denying protesters bail and permitting them to be run down, however virtually each protest within the nation is peaceable. The few that make it onto tv are those that characteristic violence.
The invoice is an assault on the First Modification by a governor who has 2024 presidential ambitions and is keen to encourage having protesters hit with vehicles if it offers him a lift within the Republican presidential main discipline.
It’s onerous to think about this legislation making it by the court docket system with out being overturned. Civil immunity for working down protesters takes the Republican assault on the First Modification to a brand new stage of lethal.
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Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor, who’s White Home Press Pool, and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Diploma in Political Science. His graduate work targeted on public coverage, with a specialization in social reform actions.
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