Capital Soup reports on Governor Ron DeSantis’ new anti-crime legislation, writing (abridged)
Governor Ron DeSantis today announced new legislation to stop violent assemblies and protect law enforcement.
The proposed legislation, the “Combatting Violence, Disorder and Looting and Law Enforcement Protection Act,” creates new criminal offenses and increases penalties for those who target law enforcement and participate in violent or disorderly assemblies.
- New Criminal Offenses to Combat Rioting, Looting and Violence
- Prohibition on Violent or Disorderly Assemblies:3rd degree felony when 7 or more persons are involved in an assembly and cause damage to property or injury to other persons.
- Prohibition on Obstructing Roadways:3rd degree felony to obstruct traffic during an unpermitted protest, demonstration or violent or disorderly assembly; driver is NOT liable for injury or death caused if fleeing for safety from a mob.
- Prohibition on Destroying or Toppling Monuments:2nd degree felony to destroy public property during a violent or disorderly assembly.
- Prohibition on Harassment in Public Accommodations:1st degree misdemeanor for a participant in a violent or disorderly assembly to harass or intimidate a person at a public accommodation, such as a restaurant.
- RICO Liability:RICO liability attaches to anyone who organizes or funds a violent or disorderly assembly.
- Increased Penalties
- Mandatory Minimum Jail Sentence:Striking a law enforcement officer (including with a projectile) during a violent or disorderly assembly = 6 months mandatory minimum jail sentence.
III. Citizen and Taxpayer Protection Measures
- No “Defund the Police” Permitted:Prohibits state grants or aid to any local government that slashes the budget for law enforcement services.
- Victim Compensation:
- Government Employment/Benefits: Terminates state benefits and makes anyone ineligible for employment by state/local government if convicted of participating in a violent or disorderly assembly.
- Bail:No bond or bail until first appearance in court if charged with a crime related to participating in a violent or disorderly assembly.