Desantis signs Florida anti-riot bill, citing Chauvin’s trial

Tallahassee, Florida (AP) —Top Republicans in Florida quoted events in cities across the country rather than the January 6 riots in Washington.

The so-called anti-riot bill was a response to national protests by police violence against African Americans. After a rebellion at the US Capitol on January 6 by supporters of then-President Donald Trump, Republicans pushing the bill used it as an example to support its efforts.

However, the bill was signed by Desantis, who criticized the Minnesota Attorney General and at the same time made closing arguments, so there was no mention of the Parliamentary riots. Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin Murder Trial A black man who died after Chauvin at the death of George Floyd knelt on his neck for almost 10 minutes.

“I don’t know what will happen, but I can say that the Attorney General of Minnesota has settled the case. Some may be disappointed because they didn’t handle it properly,” Desantis said. It was.

Opponents of the bill said it was a racist reaction to a problem that did not occur in Florida. They saw it as an attempt to crush the voices of groups like Black Lives Matter.

“This racist is not only at the heart of it, but also in response to what happened in the summer after George Floyd’s death,” said Democratic Senator Shevrin Jones. “The governor did not mention the January 6 riots.”

He also said the governor mentioned Chauvin’s trial, hoping that protests could occur if Chauvin was acquitted.

“So he hinted that the ruling was not in favor of justice, and so he says,’We want to be prepared,'” Jones said. “What are you prepared for? I’m not prepared for the white supremacists who attacked the Capitol, but I want to prepare for a demonstration in the country if Derek Chauvin is acquitted.” It was.

The new law will increase penalties for crimes committed during riots or violent protests. This will allow authorities to detain protesters arrested until their first court appearance, establishing a new felony for organizing and participating in violent demonstrations.

It also strips local governments of civil liability protection and forces local governments to justify reductions in law enforcement budgets if they interfere with law enforcement efforts to respond to violent protests. Add wording to possible state law.

Destroying or destroying monuments, plaques, flags, paintings, structures, or other objects commemorating historical figures or events is a felony twice. It will be punished with up to 10 years in prison.

DeSantis was surrounded by the state’s top Republicans when he signed the bill — Senator Wilton Simpson, Senator Chris Sprowls, Attorney General Ashley Moody, and Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis.

Protests in Seattle, Minneapolis, and Portland, Oregon were repeatedly mentioned at press conferences, but the Washington, DC riots were not discussed.

“These cities have been devastated by crime as a result of their lawlessness,” Sprowls said. We do not intend to arrest those who are violent or injuring police officers. What they hurt the most are the people who need their protection the most. “