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Politics Florida’s DeSantis Targets Protesters He Dubs ‘Crazed Lunatics’

22:17  21 september  2020
22:17  21 september  2020 Source:   bloomberg.com

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and local lawmakers unveiled legislation Monday that targets participants in “violent or disorderly” protests , a move that may help rally law-and-order Republicans ahead of the presidential election in November.

Florida ' s governor introduced proposed legislation on Monday that would would implement new criminal offenses and penalties for individuals involved in "violent or disorderly assemblies," among other points.

(Bloomberg) -- Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and local lawmakers unveiled legislation Monday that targets participants in “violent or disorderly” protests, a move that may help rally law-and-order Republicans ahead of the presidential election in November.

Speaking Monday in Winter Haven, DeSantis called the plan the “boldest and most comprehensive” bill on violent protests. He said it would be a focal point of the Florida legislative session next year.

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has called for a harsh crackdown on violent and “disorderly” protests , proposing a bill that would bring steep DeSantis is a fascist, pass it on. Every protest is immediately going to be declared violent. Also not holding drivers accountable that plow down protesters ?

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will introduce new legislation to stiffen penalties against protesters and penalize cities in the Sunshine State that defund police Florida , like other states, has been the target of Black Lives Matter protests since the police custody death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May

He said the proposal -- called the Combatting Violence, Disorder and Looting and Law Enforcement Protection Act -- would make disorderly assemblies a third-degree felony. Incapacitating a roadway would also be a felony.

DeSantis is a close ally of President Donald Trump, who has focused on violence and looting as a way of minimizing the many peaceful protests that swept across America this year against racial inequity and police violence toward Black people. Florida’s protests haven’t reached the size of many others around the country.

But Florida, America’s largest swing state, will be critical to winning the White House on Nov. 3.

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis proposed legislation Monday that would impose felony-level penalties on protesters who damage property or cause injuries. It would also be a misdemeanor to harass people at places like restaurants during a disorderly protest . He is also proposing a mandatory minimum six

The state of Florida is going to get tough on people who engage in violence during protests , Florida ' s Republican governor said Gov. Ron DeSantis said his proposed legislation will impose felony-level penalties on anyone who damages DeSantis said he supports the right to hold peaceful protests .

In his remarks Monday, DeSantis characterized protesters arrested in Portland, Oregon, as “scraggly-looking Antifa types” and called people videotaped chanting at restaurant patrons as “crazed lunatics.” He said anyone arrested for hurting a police officer, including throwing an object such as a brick, would face a mandatory minimum sentence of six months.

“I look at what goes on in Portland, and they’ll have people, they’ll arrest them,” DeSantis said. “They get their mug shot taken, and then they get released.”

He also said those who participate in violent or disorderly assemblies could lose access to state unemployment benefits. The measure would also prohibit state grants to local governments that make deep cuts to law enforcement budgets.

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