It should come as no surprise that in many states the Republican Party is attempting through vaguely worded bills to limit and eventually remove Democrat’s right to peaceful protest. The bills are nothing more than a open invitation to police departments across the country to silence Democrat’s constitutional right to protest.
A bill in Missouri, sounding very much like Ron DeSantis’ own bill in Florida, plans to authorize deadly force against protesters on private property. According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch Sen. Rick Brattin introduced a bill Monday that would also provide immunity to drivers who run over protesters blocking traffic. The bill would also cut state funding for any city that attempts to defund the police and make it a misdemeanor to cause emotional distress as a result of protesting.
One might be forgiven for thinking the vague wording in the bill is intentional, because, well, it is. Strange how it lets police define “distress”, and ultimately allows them to decide what peaceful protesters they want silenced. Of course, it’s eerily similar to Florida Governor Ron Desantis’ own bill which Florida Republicans filled on Jan 9, the same day the DC Capitol was attacked.
Democrats are a minority in both houses in Florida, so we can expect the bill to pass. According to State Rep. Omari Hardy, a Mangonia Park Democrat, the bill is nothing more than DeSantis’ trying to court Trump supporters as he eyes a 2024 bid for the White House.
“When I decided to run, I thought I would fight bad legislation that is fundamentally un-American, but this thing is not only unconstitutional, but just clearly signals [DeSantis’] ambition to run for president,” Hardy said in an interview. “This is just more stupidity from people who should know better.”
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