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Gov. Ron DeSantis continues to demonstrate his courage in passing legislation that protects Florida’s citizens, punishes rioters who indulge in destruction and mayhem, and stands up for the rule of law. DeSantis said:
‘If you look at the breadth of this particular piece of legislation, it is the strongest anti-rioting, pro-law enforcement piece of legislation in the country,’ DeSantis said at a press conference. ‘There’s just nothing even close.’
DeSantis explained the legislation further at a press conference in Polk County, FL. (The first five minutes of the video give the foundation of the legislation.) Here is a brief description as well:
The law, which goes into effect immediately, grants civil legal immunity to people who drive through protesters blocking a road and allows authorities to hold arrested demonstrators from posting bail until after their first court date. The legislation increases the charge for battery on a police officer during a riot and adds language that could force local governments to justify a reduction in law enforcement budgets.
The bill allows people to sue local governments over personal or property damages if they were determined to have interfered with law enforcement response during civil unrest. It also increases penalties for protesters who block roadways or deface public monuments and creates a new crime, ‘mob intimidation.’
For all those blue-state Democrats who care more about rioters than they do law-abiding citizens, I hope they have the decency to feel embarrassed. Gov. DeSantis, for months, has stood up to criticisms and lies regarding his wisdom and the practical actions he’s taken regarding Covid-19, because he refuses to treat his citizens like children and he values their freedom as well. He studied the rioting and destruction that inflamed other cities and has been adamant about preventing those activities in Florida.
Of course, the ACLU is critical of the legislation:
‘The problem with this bill is that the language is so overbroad and vague … that it captures anybody who is peacefully protesting at a protest that turns violent through no fault of their own,’ said Kara Gross, the legislative director at ACLU Florida, according to the Orlando Sentinel. ‘Those individuals who do not engage in any violent conduct under this bill can be arrested and charged with a third-degree felony and face up to five years in prison and loss of voting rights. The whole point of this is to instill fear in Floridians.’
My response to Ms. Gross is that following these laws is quite simple. If you are involved in a peaceful protest that turns violent, common sense tells the ordinary person to go home. If they weren’t involved in the initial violence and they immediately leave the area, they have nothing to worry about. And as far as instilling fear in Floridians: anyone who thinks that protests are open season for destructive and malevolent actions, they’d better find a new home.
To those governors around the country who are happy to cater to the Leftist ideology, or who cower in standing up for law enforcement, take note. Gov. DeSantis believes in his citizens, honors the country’s Constitution, and will protect it.
I’m so proud to have a governor with a moral compass, a conscience and has acted upon them.Published in