Texas Governor Announces New Proposed Penalties for Rioters
On Thursday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) spoke at the Dallas Police Association headquarters, where he announced legislative proposals to give harsher penalties to rioters.
The proposals include mandatory jail time, according to CBS DFW.
CBS DFW reports:
The governor proposed that causing injury or destroying property during a riot would be considered a felony. Assaulting a law enforcement officer during riot would lead to a mandatory jail sentence of at least six months, according to Abbott’s proposal.
Protesters or rioters who block hospital entrances and exits would be charged with a felony under the new proposal.
Abbott also said the proposal includes making use of fireworks during a protest or riot a crime that could lead to jail, mentioning how fireworks can cause injuries and can sound like gunfire.
Lastly, the governor proposed making it a felony to aid riots through funds or assistance from organizations.
“Some people participate in riots without ever being there. What they do is they aid and they abet riots with funds or organizational assistance. This will be a felony that will lead to jail time,” Abbott said. “We also proposed giving the attorney general the power to pursue civil penalties against people in organizations that assist in riots
Abbott ended by saying that people who are arrested for these offenses under the new proposal must remain in jail until at least their first court appearance.
“This will prevent the mockery of the revolving-door arrests that we saw in Dallas during the riots that occurred early this year and will ensure that these dangerous rioters will not be immediately released back onto the streets to engage in further riots without first having to go before a court appearance,” Abbott said.
Similar anti-riot proposals were announced by Florida governor Ron DeSantis (R) earlier this week, as reported by theBlaze.
These riots that have spanned across the country need to end now. They cannot be tolerated for another moment if the republic is to survive.