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Posted: September 24, 2020
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As Democrat-Led States and Cities Burn, Florida’s Pro-Trump Governor DeSantis Lays Down The Law, Takes Pre-Emptive Action to Prevent Similar Violence in his State


[Opinion] In 2018, Democrat Andrew Gillum came within 34,000 votes of becoming Florida’s governor.


Earlier this year he was discovered by police at a South Beach hotel early Friday morning in a room with bags of possible methamphetamine and in the company of a reported male prostitute according to reports.


That’s how close Florida came to being another Democrat casualty of looting, property destruction, arson, politically motivated physical assault, and otherwise general anarchy all committed in the name of “mostly peaceful protests.”.


On Monday, Florida’s Republican Governor Ron DeSantis introduced the “Combating Violence, Disorder and Looting and Law Enforcement Protection Act” that outlines the legal limits peaceful protestors may go to, and defines the penalties that adhere to those who violate those guidelines.



It’s common sense legislation… no wonder Democrat-led cities and states haven’t enacted similar laws…


From Flgov.com:


The Combatting Violence, Disorder and Looting and Law Enforcement Protection Act has three components, outlined below: 


New Criminal Offenses to Combat Rioting, Looting and Violence


-Prohibition on Violent or Disorderly Assemblies: 3rd degree felony when 7 or more persons are involved in an assembly and cause damage to property or injury to other persons.


-Prohibition on Obstructing Roadways: 3rd degree felony to obstruct traffic during an unpermitted protest, demonstration or violent or disorderly assembly; driver is NOT liable for injury or death caused if fleeing for safety from a mob.


-Prohibition on Destroying or Toppling Monuments: 2nd degree felony to destroy public property during a violent or disorderly assembly.


-Prohibition on Harassment in Public Accommodations: 1st degree misdemeanor for a participant in a violent or disorderly assembly to harass or intimidate a person at a public accommodation, such as a restaurant.


-RICO Liability: RICO liability attaches to anyone who organizes or funds a violent or disorderly assembly.


Increased Penalties


-Mandatory Minimum Jail Sentence: Striking a law enforcement officer (including with a projectile) during a violent or disorderly assembly = 6 months mandatory minimum jail sentence.


-Offense Enhancements: Offense and/or sentence enhancements for: (1) throwing an object during a violent or disorderly assembly that strikes a civilian or law enforcement officer; (2) assault/battery of a law enforcement officer during a violent or disorderly assembly; and (3) participation in a violent or disorderly assembly by an individual from another state.


Citizen and Taxpayer Protection Measures


-No “Defund the Police” Permitted: Prohibits state grants or aid to any local government that slashes the budget for law enforcement services.


-Victim Compensation: Waives sovereign immunity to allow a victim of a crime related to a violent or disorderly assembly to sue local government for damages where the local government is grossly negligent in protecting persons and property.


-Government Employment/Benefits: Terminates state benefits and makes anyone ineligible for employment by state/local government if convicted of participating in a violent or disorderly assembly.


-Bail: No bond or bail until first appearance in court if charged with a crime related to participating in a violent or disorderly assembly; rebuttable presumption against bond or bail after first appearance.


Florida’s Senate President-Designate Wilton Simpson said; “Peaceful protesting is a constitutional right, but looting and disorderly rioting are not.  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.”


House Speaker-Designate Chris Sprowls echoed those sentiments… “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.”


This is what good governance… governance that protects private property, the rule of law, and the overwhelming majority of the citizenry… looks like.


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