Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Signs New Law Banning Violent Protest

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis just keeps hitting home runs. 

He reopened Florida way ahead of most other states and has helped contribute to its economic comeback. DeSantis vowed to resist any vaccine passports in his state and has consistently resisted Faucism.

He’s stood up to the Biden Administration and been named as Trump as one of the brightest stars for the future of the GOP.

Now DeSantis has also just signed into law a groundbreaking anti-violent-protest law which hands out much harsher penalties for any violent rioters who block traffic, assault cops and destroy property. 

There’s no longer going to be any tolerance of the childish and reckless antics of violent left-wing mobs. Not in Florida, anyway.

Graffiti, George Floyd protest, Minneapolis, MN, June, 2020 by iamrenny is marked with CC0 1.0

Florida’s New Anti-Riot Law

DeSantis announced the new HB1 law at a press conference on Monday, explaining that the new law will stop the kind of lawless violence we’ve been seeing around the country, including destruction of monuments and status. 

“We saw around the country, people toppling monuments of people like George Washington. This bill protects all monuments in Florida. You have no right to go in and take down monuments, we’re not going to let the mob win the day with that,” DeSantis said.

The bill also takes away the mob’s power, making them subject to arrest if they try to surround and assault someone’s vehicle or bother people who are out in public. The law also scraps charges for those who drive through violent mobs blocking the road and trying to harm vehicles. 

“This bill also includes liability for mob intimidation, if you think about it, we saw images of people just sitting outside eating. at a restaurant and then you have this crazy mob circle around them and starts screaming and really intimidating. I’m sorry that’s unacceptable, you’re gonna be held accountable. Mind your own business and leave people alone, if they’re not bothering you,” DeSantis said.

Most importantly, those who burn, steal and get violent will face serious time behind bars. This includes no right to bail until your first court appearance and a six month mandatory minimum sentence for any assault on a police officer.

“If you riot, if you loot, if you harm others, particularly if you harm a law enforcement officer during one of these violent assemblies, you’re going to jail. We’re going to hold you accountable and we’re not going to end up like Portland where this is just a daily occurrence.

I want to make sure that our cities are prosperous we want to make sure folks are protected and there should be no doubt, the minute I sign this bill into law, anybody who wears the uniform in service of protecting the public, this bill will make very clear the state of Florida stands with you,” DeSantis said.

Peaceful Protest is Still Fully Protected

As Polk County Sherriff Grady Judd said in support of the bill, “you can compare and contrast. Look at Seattle, Portland, Minneapolis. That’s no way to treat the community, that’s no way to treat those that put their entire life into building their business. We saw folks businesses burn around this nation who literally had worked their entire life and had every penny of their life savings involved.”

He said anyone who protests violently will be “locked up before quick,” but emphasized that there’s no prohibition on peaceful protest. 

“This legislation strikes the appropriate balance of safeguarding every Floridian’s constitutional right to peacefully assemble while ensuring that those who hide behind peaceful protest to cause violence in our communities will be punished,” DeSantis said.

HB1 is now in effect in Florida.