Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, during a press conference with many law enforcement leaders from across Florida, proposed a new state law that would combat civil unrest.
If passed as proposed, it’s called the ‘Combatting Violence, Disorder, and Looting and Law Enforcement Protection Act.’ It will be a focal point of the next legislative session. Governor DeSantis described it as the “boldest and most comprehensive piece of legislation to address these issues anywhere in the country.”
The new legislation will enhance penalties for crimes like assaulting law enforcement officers, taking down statues, and blocking roadways.
- Blocking roadways or toppling down statues will be considered a second-degree felony.
- Violent protesting and looting would be considered third-degree felonies.
- Mandatory jail time for anyone found guilty of throwing an object at law enforcement officers.
- No bail or bond until first appearance in court if charged with a crime related to violent or disorderly assembly.
- It will be a crime to harass innocent people in public.
A screenshot of the full legislation and the new penalties it includes are here:
If a municipality de-funds the police, the governor says that state financial support will stop. However, if it can be characterized as a routine or normal budget cut, local governments will retain access to state moneys. Attempts would be made to identify groups funding or organizing protests as well.
Additionally, those convicted under the new legislation will reportedly not be eligible for state benefits, including unemployment.
The governor said:
“We need to do more in terms of having a strong legislative response so we do not always have to play whack-a-mole anytime you have situations like this develop. This is a very robust package. I think what we saying is that we’re not going to let Florida go down the road where some of these places have gone.”
Speaking of the unrest seen in Portland, he stated:
“They’re all scraggly-looking ANTIFA-types. They get their mugshot taken, then they get released. It’s like a carousel; on and on it goes. Florida has done a great job in many decades in reducing crimes and we’re going to continue to do that.”
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said of Governor DeSantis:
“For everyone across the U.S. this is what leadership looks like. This is remarkable. This is a state that you want to come and vacation, This is a state where you want to grow your business. This is a state where you can be safe.
Another attendee, Senate President-Designate Wilton Simpson, spoke as well. He said:
“We will continue to stand with our brave law enforcement officers as they protect and serve. This bill is a way to ensure that all Floridians can live in a safe and secure environment. I commend Governor DeSantis for his commitment to public safety.”
Florida House Speaker-Designate Chris Sprowls said:
“Violence and destruction are the tools of terrorists, not reformers. We live in a country founded on the power of words, and no group of self-appointed activists and anarchists can be allowed to deprive others of their life, liberty or property. I’m proud to stand with Governor DeSantis to say that in Florida we will respect the right of people to protest peacefully while defending the rule of law.”
In his remarks, Florida’s Police Chiefs Association President and Satellite Beach Police Department Chief Jeff Pearson added:
“On behalf of the Florida Police Chiefs Association and over 900 of Florida’s top law enforcement executives from across every region of the state, we thank Governor DeSantis for his strong leadership and dedication to maintaining public order and keeping the peace.”
The law proposed by Governor DeSantis will be introduced in the next legislative session.
NOW we’re talking! Governor DeSantis is, in my opinion, setting a fine example! The riots disguised under the label of peaceful protests are anything but peaceful. Vandals are destroying property willy-nilly, with no regard to the real cost. Looters are obviously completely self-absorbed, caring not that their theft drives the cost of goods up for the rest of us. After all, they deserve reparations, right?
Governors such as those of Washington, Oregon, and California look really lame next to him. Primarily blue states’ governors are trying to go along with their globalist taskmasters, but are shooting themselves in the foot. Citizens are becoming increasingly vocal in their opposition to lockdowns, social distancing, and especially masks.