The news is out: [Florida governor Ron DeSantis has threatened to bring felony charges against protesters arrested on a broad range of charges targeting “disorderly assemblies” in the wake of widespread demonstrations against police brutality.
His proposal would cut off protesters from eligibility for unemployment benefits and keep people imprisoned without bond if they’re arrested during demonstrations until their first appearance in court, among several severe and potentially unconstitutional measures aimed at
Seven or more people “involved in an assembly” that causes property damage or injury would be committing a felony, according to his proposal.
The governor’s sweeping legislation would also make blocking traffic a felony and invoke RICO statutes to identify protest organizers and link them to organized crime.
“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 and obstructing traffic could also be punished as felonies, but drivers would not be liable for injury or death if they kill someone while feeling a “mob” protest, according to the measure.
It would also would seek to impose a mandatory six-month jail term for people found guilty of throwing an object at law enforcement officers.
The governor’s “Combating Violence, Disorder and Looting and Law Enforcement Protection Act” will be a “focal point” of the 2021 state legislative session, the governor announced on Monday.
“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?]
Everywhere across this country, voters keep electing imbeciles who don’t have the common sense to hire a staff of people with knowledge of the CONSTITUTION.