Florida Governor Ron DeSantis drafted a bill to expand the state’s Stand Your Ground law to protect people who shoot looters and rioters.
The “anti-mob” legislation is being presented for people to use force against any person they see looting within 500 feet of a “violent or disorderly assembly.” The bill also makes blocking traffic during a protest a third-degree felony, proposing that drivers who “accidentally” run over protestors should be protected.
The law also seeks to withhold funding from local governments that have made cuts to police funding.
Although, not yet filed to the House or the Senate, the bill has already begun raising concerns
“This will allow for vigilantes to justify their actions,” going on to say, “It also allows for death to be the punishment for a property crime — and that is cruel and unusual punishment. We cannot live in a lawless society where taking a life is done so casually and recklessly.” former Miami-Dade County prosecutor Denise Georges says.
The bill is far too vague to be safely enacted, as it gives individuals the power to decide what constitutes lawless behavior, and can result in needless deaths.
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