The Orlando Sentinel reports:
Gov. Ron DeSantis signed Florida’s “anti-riot” bill into law on Monday, a measure that vastly increases law enforcement’s powers to crack down on civil unrest. The bill, pushed by the Republican governor, has been criticized by Democrats and civil rights groups as unconstitutional for infringing on the First Amendment’s right to peacefully protest.
The law, which goes into effect immediately, grants civil legal immunity to people who drive through protesters blocking a road, which Democrats argued might have protected the white nationalist who ran over and killed counter-protester Heather Heyer during the Charlottesville tumult in 2017. It also makes blocking a highway a felony offense.
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Gov. Ron DeSantis signed Florida’s controversial “anti-riot” bill into law on Monday, a measure that vastly increases law enforcement’s powers to crack down on civil unrest. https://t.co/zhlVtQnEbF pic.twitter.com/GbVPmnNMBK
— South Florida Sun Sentinel (@SunSentinel) April 19, 2021
— Newsmax (@newsmax) April 19, 2021
“H.B. 1 is a direct attack on the ability of protesters to exercise their First Amendment rights and stifles attempts to redirect funds to community services needed to address the issues for which a law enforcement response is unnecessary.” @lcylarbarrett https://t.co/NvfkBG5MX9
— Legal Defense Fund (@NAACP_LDF) April 19, 2021
.@BreitbartNews gets exclusive with Ron DeSantis after he signed “anti-mob” legislation at press conference where he took no questions.
— Ana Ceballos (@anaceballos_) April 19, 2021