Florida IS A “Law And Order State.” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Donald Trump ally, on Monday announced a tough new take on handling “violent and disorderly” protests in the state with the “Combatting Violence Disorder and Looting and Law Enforcement Protection Act.”
The Ledger reports, standing at a podium at Polk County Sheriff’s Office headquarters, Ron DeSantis with about two dozen county sheriffs and police chiefs from the state, including Polk Sheriff Grady Judd, Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Shultz, president of the Florida Sheriffs Association, and Satellite Beach Police Chief Jeff Pearson, president of the Florida Police Chiefs Association.
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“We have to stand unequivocally behind the people you see behind me, who put on the uniform and put themselves at risk to be able to defend our freedoms and defend our society,” DeSantis said. “I can tell you that when there is a victim in need in the state of Florida, regardless of race, color, creed ,any characteristic you can think of, when there is a victim at risk, these folks are going to respond and they are going to be there and they are going to stand up for the people who may not be able to stand up for themselves.”
The major tenets of the proposal include:
• Imposing criminal penalties for violent or disorderly assemblies, making them a third-degree felony;
• Imposing a mandatory minimum sentence of six months in jail for anyone who assaults a law enforcement officer during a violent and disorderly protest;
• Holding people in jail until after their first court appearance;
• Enhanced penalties for anyone throwing a projectile during a violent or disorderly protest;
• Enhanced penalties for people coming from out of state to participate in a violent or disorderly protest;
• Charging people with a felony for blocking roadways;
• Prohibiting destroying any type of public property, including monuments;
• Prohibiting harassing innocent people;
• Making those convicted of participating in a violent or disorderly assembly ineligible for state benefits or employment;• Using the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act to charge with a federal crime anyone who organizes or funds a violent or disorderly assembly.