Florida Governor Proposes Law That Protects Drivers Fleeing Mobs
As liberal leaders allow riots to flourish, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is proposing a new law that would protect his citizens against the mob.
In legislation that will be filed for the March 2021 session, DeSantis’ law would create new criminal offenses and increase penalties to those who target law enforcement and particulate in riots. The law would also bring bad news for those who threaten drivers by giving drivers new liability protection if they kill or injure anyone while “fleeing for safety.”
Today I announced bold legislation that creates new criminal offenses and increases penalties for those who target law enforcement and participate in violent or disorderly assemblies. We will always stand with our men and women in uniform who keep our communities safe. pic.twitter.com/ITl5GmmrZJ
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) September 21, 2020
In recent years at least six states have proposed bills making it legal to hit protesters blocking traffic, but this law is not that because it specifically only protects drivers fleeing while under attack.
There are also other components of the law aimed at strengthening law enforcement.
According to The Blaze:
The bill, titled the “Combating Violence, Disorder and Looting and Protecting Law Enforcement Act,” would also criminalize certain road-blocking protests, and violation of the law would create a third-degree felony for those who “obstruct traffic during an unpermitted protest, demonstration or violent or disorderly assembly.”
A portion of the proposal reads, “Driver is NOT liable for injury or death caused if fleeing for safety from a mob.”
The proposed law would also include protections for individual police officers and departments at risk of losing funding.
“Florida cities that enact any legislation aimed at reducing funding allocated to their police forces amid activists [sic] call to ‘defund the police’ would have their access to state grants and aid revoked,” Insider reported.
The bill, if passed, would deny bail to any persons arrested for a crime “during a violent or disorderly assembly” until their first court appearance.
Further, the Republican governor is calling for a mandatory six-month sentence for any persons convicted of striking a law enforcement officer “during a violent or disorderly assembly.”
Thank you @TuckerCarlson for having me on to discuss my proposal to hold those who participate in violent assemblies accountable and to prevent localities from defunding law enforcement. pic.twitter.com/bJm5IojgaS
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) September 22, 2020
As common sense would suggest, enforcing the law actually does work.
While riots have gone on for over three months in Portland, they were quashed in single night when they were recently attempted in Lancaster Pennsylvania. Arrested rioters were given bail of $1 million (which was later lowered for some to the $50k-100k range).
Prior to that, we saw what appears to be the end of rioters destroying American monuments and statues after Trump signed an executive order directing the DOJ to prosecute those who do so, with the threat of a 10-year jail sentence.
All leaders have to do to stop rioting is their job, and that’s too much for progressive leaders.