May 21, 2022

Florida GOP pushes controversial ‘riot bill’ through legislature

Rioting has become routine in America over the last year. At least one state is doing something about it.

The Florida state GOP has advanced a bill that would ratchet up the penalties for civil unrest, the Washington Examiner reported. After a white police officer accidentally shot Daunte Wright, a black man, in Minnesota, the state has made a proactive move in anticipation of civil unrest.

The state legislature passed the bill with a 23-17 vote. Some of the proposed changes include stiffer penalties for crimes like burglary, vandalism, and assault and battery committed during civil unrest. Also, new crimes against “mob intimidation or defacing or damaging a memorial or historic property” will be created.

The bill also grants civil legal immunity to drivers who are forced to advance through a roadblock of protestors and makes it more difficult for municipalities to defund police. In addition, people arrested while participating in the riot or committing a crime during it will not be permitted to post bail until after their first appearance in court.

“We can’t allow riots and violence to prevail within our society,” Florida GOP state Sen. Danny Burgess said. “We are a nation of law and order, and we need to govern ourselves as such.”

Gov. Ron DeSantis is expected to sign the bill since he has been working on anti-riot measures since September. “Our right to peacefully assemble is one of our most cherished as Americans, but throughout the country, we’ve seen that right being taken advantage of by professional agitators, bent on sowing disorder and causing mayhem in our cities,” the Republican governor said at the time. “I will not allow this kind of violence to occur here in Florida.”

Predictably, Democratic state legislators don’t support the bill. State Sen. Jason Pizzo quoted the First Amendment during proceedings about the bill and said it was hard to define a riot. He also claimed it wasn’t fair to penalize a crime based on the setting. “It is a fact-specific circumstance on the scene,” Pizzo, a former prosecutor, reportedly said.

There’s something wrong with riots becoming the default way to handle police shootings whenever there’s a white cop and a minority suspect involved. Democrats turn it into a battle cry as angry mobs burn down American cities regardless of the facts of the case. DeSantis is right to protect his constituents from the violence and mayhem the left is perfectly comfortable tolerating.

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Stephen Russell (@guest_1215812)
1 year ago

Hooray, awesome apply nationwide, Red States first

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1 year ago

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baron s (@guest_1216349)
Reply to  TRT_990
1 year ago

Bull S**T

Larry Murray (@guest_1216042)
Reply to  Stephen Russell
1 year ago

Yes a State with balls.

alicia cervera (@guest_1216138)
Reply to  Stephen Russell
1 year ago

Yes, agree. APPLY NATIONWIDE!

Bonniefree (@guest_1216334)
Reply to  alicia cervera
1 year ago

Agree!

ima (@guest_1216200)
Reply to  Stephen Russell
1 year ago

absolutely !

Richard Branscum (@guest_1215813)
1 year ago

Heck yeah that’s what we need to do now because of the dumbacrats are trying to steal our country and we are not going to let them do it

rb (@guest_1215960)
Reply to  Richard Branscum
1 year ago

yea when those trump supporters try to storm some place else florida will be ready

Nathan (@guest_1215999)
Reply to  rb
1 year ago

Rb those weren’t Trump supporters they are antifa hired by Biden they were dressed like Trump supporters but weren’t Trump supporters we need all antifa shot and Biden and his Dumbo libtards removed now and we need our President put in the Whitehouse

Eugene (@guest_1216021)
Reply to  rb
1 year ago

Trump?

william hopkins (@guest_1216168)
Reply to  rb
1 year ago

. . OK, now it’s official, rb, you are a idiot ! . . .Nobody listens to you misguided people any longer as you become irrelevant when you open your mouth and start to spew your canned lies and mantras !

Robert Craig (@guest_1216267)
Reply to  rb
1 year ago

why don’t you kiss the Trump supporters BUTT’s !!!

quiltenlady in Texas (@guest_1215815)
1 year ago

Come on Texas where is our bill for this?

robert w sanders (@guest_1215841)
Reply to  quiltenlady in Texas
1 year ago

Lets do it too TEXAS

alicia cervera (@guest_1216141)
Reply to  robert w sanders
1 year ago

TEXAS!!!! Do it NOW!

GiGi (@guest_1215875)
Reply to  quiltenlady in Texas
1 year ago

I agree. We need the same strong bill in Texas more than ever.
No more mask requirement as well. Children cannot learn pronunciation.
Fear needs to be replaced with faith in God to help us know reason and common sense.

rb (@guest_1215962)
Reply to  GiGi
1 year ago

we have a no mask requirement, so at the MLB games we can drink our cokes

JayJay (@guest_1215965)
Reply to  quiltenlady in Texas
1 year ago

I agree! Come on Governor Abbott! Add Texas to the list and make it a crime for mayors, such as Comrade Adler, to defund the police.

Had enough! (@guest_1215816)
1 year ago

No Rubber Bullets=NO BLM.

mikemm (@guest_1215845)
Reply to  Had enough!
1 year ago

BLM and Antifa need to be demolished permanently for the good of the country, our country. Let’s get the Apache gunships out and lock and load. It is time to get rid of these cancers.

J (@guest_1215820)
1 year ago

I THINK THAT SHOULD BE AN AMERICAN ALL OVER EVERY STATE LAW! CONGRATS TO FLORIDA!

Roberta King (@guest_1216277)
Reply to  J
1 year ago

I second that! Desantis is a terrific governor and would make a fabulous president. Now if we could only dispose of the current resident of the WH sooner than 2024 :(!

Hate communism (@guest_1215821)
1 year ago

Democrats are really believing their own lies. Then when the big surprise comes they will run like sheep. Evil will not prevail. Nancy Pelosi and her gang of Nazis are done. American people will fight for our rights and freedoms. Military oath is to the constitution and the people not a dictator and his brown shirts peons.

DD (@guest_1215822)
1 year ago

FINALLY, a STATE with some BALLS, waiting for ARKANSAS to do the same, lets get ready NOW “NOT” later after it happens! And lets for GOD SAKES change the LRAP from THE CLINTON AIRPORT, I have to drive their quite often and get sick every time I have to drive their!!!

alicia cervera (@guest_1216144)
Reply to  DD
1 year ago

All red states should follow NOW!
STAND UP AMERICA! Lets take our country back now!

Shelly (@guest_1215825)
1 year ago

I don’t care if your a white or black cop ! If you you have someone that is not compliant it dont matter what color you are !!! Law an order is law and order !! What I do care about is pulling a racist card !!! I’ve had enough of this Administration dividing !!! Please and your mother is your mother !!! This Administration is the problem and we all know it !!! They committed Treason and Americans have had enough !!!

Al Barrs (@guest_1215826)
1 year ago

Our next-to-be President Ron DeSantis is possibly the greatest Governor Florida has ever had. He is destined to be Donald Trump’s 2024 VP and then or President come 2028 and 2032… We long-time citizens of Floridians are proud we have Ron as our Governor… But, he is destined for greater service to our freedom loving Nation… We, the People, will prevail in the end! Load and Lock just in case…

Doug Allam (@guest_1215832)
Reply to  Al Barrs
1 year ago

Wow your crystal ball is working overtime, please give me the powerball numbers.
Also when will the pandemic end? Thanks in advance.

DONNA MARIE KELLEY (@guest_1215843)
Reply to  Doug Allam
1 year ago

Try these numbers 3, 11, 21, 29, 32, 43, 45 or these7, 15, 25, 26, 37, 34, 41. GOOD LUCK

Medic RN (@guest_1215828)
1 year ago

Changes: Communist spies in our Congress?? Muslim Jihadists in our Congress?
Defund the police??
Lines need to be drawn.

willard weems (@guest_1216231)
Reply to  Medic RN
1 year ago

Disagree, they need to be thrown out, every last one!

Walter Kuppel (@guest_1215831)
1 year ago

No one on the Democrats side has mentioned the fact that he had a warrant he had a video of him with a handgun he should not have had and the police were attempting to handcuff him when he ran if he didn’t run he would not have got shot

Marlene (@guest_1215833)
1 year ago

Co founder of BLM is a millionaire and spending millions on fancy homes. The BLM common members are just cannon fodder for the leftists. Love our Florida governor, he at least has a spine. We do not need the leftist thugs of ANTIFA and BLM. They are so stupid they don’t even know they’re being used.

Pollty (@guest_1215835)
1 year ago

Great news.Some republicans politicians are awake and taking action These are the you send back to The government.

Carol (@guest_1215840)
1 year ago

Come on Maine where is our bill for this?

Bill Roberts (@guest_1216293)
Reply to  Carol
1 year ago

Oh Carol , Oh Carol !! We have a DEMORAT excuse for a Governor !!! Augusta being on the right side ???? Really ??? Don’t think that will happen till after the next election !!!!!

Richard J Garfunkel (@guest_1215846)
1 year ago

My guess is that the Democrats will sweep the 2022 Mid terms, the GOP will fracture itself into small parts with the Trumpers leading the dissolution of their party. Trump will be struggling in court in the next few months and will be facing bankruptcy. As for his future, it is bleak. Over 20 women will be suing him, the State and the City of NYC will serve him with indictments over countless charges from embezzlement to tax fraud, etc. The Department of Justice will start to open up his most corrupt administration in our history. But, keep on fighting the commies!

RICHARD (@guest_1215872)
Reply to  Richard J Garfunkel
1 year ago

you got the story right. but the wrong man and the wrong party.

Tina (@guest_1215876)
Reply to  Richard J Garfunkel
1 year ago

All I can say is good grief. Looks like you have been drinking the Kool Ade for far too long.

Dennis L Ruffin (@guest_1215882)
Reply to  Richard J Garfunkel
1 year ago

Your “guess’ is beyond idiotic.

john z (@guest_1215886)
Reply to  Richard J Garfunkel
1 year ago

keep dreaming Hell by 2022 the people in this country may remove the government and let the Military keep law and order until fair elections can be held

James K (@guest_1215927)
Reply to  Richard J Garfunkel
1 year ago

Lying biden was selected NOT elected. You should check the polls; biden is down in the truthful polling and prospects for gop taking the house is strong. Watch something besides fake news: cnn, msnbc etc.

Willie1955 (@guest_1215968)
Reply to  Richard J Garfunkel
1 year ago

You have the name wrong especially when it comes to a corrupt administration, Biden/Harris is the first or second most corrupt administration yet. We have to see if Biden out does Obama as the most corrupt administration. Although Biden’s more communist than Obamas was Marxist. They are also the two most racist administrations. Trump was for America and her citizens while biden is for communists and Obama was for terrorist regimes. If the DOJ wasn’t so corrupt Obama and biden along with Hillary would all be in gitmo.

Richard Myers (@guest_1216106)
Reply to  Willie1955
1 year ago

Got to remember Obamagate and the most important thing Joe Biden was part of that but did he mention or warn the American people
NO
And then look at Video tape of him bragging about holding AID back from Ukraine the very Crime they try to impeach a sitting president for but now they expect us to call him a president
But like most things Democrats do They want us to close our eyes and pretend it didn’t happen just look at people like Susan Rice She actually committed treason but was she held accountable
NO
She’s actually with this Administration so she was rewarded

Katydid (@guest_1215847)
1 year ago

We need to do it in all the Red states. Come on you great governors, DO IT. It is what a majority of the citizens want.

Denise Thomson (@guest_1215850)
1 year ago

About time make it hurt and stop DEMOCRATS from bailing these monsters out.

Roger Yaste (@guest_1215851)
1 year ago

Law abiding citizens call shooting a ‘legitimate’ response to rioting and looting!

Gary m (@guest_1215887)
Reply to  Roger Yaste
1 year ago

I thought that shooting rioters was considered legalized target practice, if it is not it should be!!!! And anyone supporting them, especially politicians, should be legal targets, ie Waters. As soon as she opens her mouth, it would hard to miss it is as big as California.

Gary m (@guest_1215860)
1 year ago

Follow the science, not Dr. Fauci. The science will get you there not Dr. Fauci. The science says that you are 80% more likely to get infected in your home, than outside. So if you want to get infected stay home, you will get infected, get it, you will get it. This is why the cities have such a hard time getting rid of it. They want to keep everyone locked down (just another way of saying house arrest) this is illegal, and you should not obey, since when did Americans obey anyone, especially the government. The government is suppose to obey us.

Gary m (@guest_1215864)
1 year ago

What is the newest threat to health in America????? I know, I know I know it is the CDC Director and Joe Biden.

formermarine (@guest_1215865)
1 year ago

It is not the problem of tolerating the mayhem but it is a problem of some people that endorse and fund this activity . They speak about this in public and it is past time to prosecute them with fines, jail time , and eviction from office if they are holding one . No matter the office and wealth , from the top to the bottom .

Gary m (@guest_1215873)
Reply to  formermarine
1 year ago

I guess that means we start with the Vee and Vee Pee.

Tina (@guest_1215881)
1 year ago

Cops should not have their hands tied during these awful riots. Thank goodness for the common sense approach in Florida and Texas. All Red states need to follow their leads. Tasers and rubber bullets can end the nonsense. So sad that democrats are silent on the destruction of once beautiful cities. Harsh punishments for these rioting loons should be strictly enforced.

Gary m (@guest_1215888)
1 year ago

I thought that shooting rioters was considered legalized target practice, if it is not it should be!!!! And anyone supporting them, especially politicians, should be legal targets, ie Waters. As soon as she opens her mouth, it would hard to miss it is as big as California.

Carl R Johnson (@guest_1215890)
1 year ago

I applaud sanity in Florida… I truly hope others will follow the lead on this issue. And in reopening schools and businesses.

john z (@guest_1215891)
1 year ago

keep dreaming Hell by 2022 the people in this country may remove the government and let the Military keep law and order until fair elections can be held

Talltexan (@guest_1215918)
1 year ago

The American Digest also censors……..”did you know that.?”

joe (@guest_1215919)
1 year ago

When you have Chris Way of the FBI testify in front of Congress that Antifa and BLM are not terrorist and Democrat Mayors do nothing When there burning their City”s what do we expect Then you have the President play dumb when the Democrats are try to get rid Law Enforcement wow.

Talltexan (@guest_1215931)
1 year ago

Just to be honest – true – and up front here….I have had two post censored here already this afternoon.

Janice (@guest_1215941)
1 year ago

If these rioters would burn and loot Pelosi’s, Water’s, or Biden’s property, it would stop.

Phillip Owens SFC (SS) Ret (@guest_1215963)
1 year ago

This kind of legislation is long overdue!! Well done Florida you are leading the Nation in common sense!

Fed up (@guest_1215981)
1 year ago

Finally a step in the right direction,every State needs this bill

J (@guest_1216030)
1 year ago

North Dakota and Florida look better than ever. I know where I’m vacationing this summer, and it will definitely be a RED STATE!!!!

Richard Myers (@guest_1216077)
1 year ago

Democrats are doing what Democrats do best divide the country look at the last five years the Democrats have been pushing Chaos and Lawlessness Allowing their Thuds To burn down cities destroy businesses and yes kill American citizens
And with open Borders criminals are pouring in just adding more chaos and without checking for the virus in these immigrants and spreading them throughout our country how many more American citizens are going to die
With defunding the police and now attacking our Second Amendment wanting to take guns away from law biting citizens do you really believe Democrats are looking out for the American citizens
Wake up America we are under attack yes from the democratic party

JMCM (@guest_1216101)
1 year ago

Bravo Florida!!!! At least there are some states that have some common sense. Unfortunately, I live in Minnesota and we have to put up with the likes of Timmy Walz and Ilhan Omar. No surprise that the riots in Minneapolis are going unchecked.

K.bell (@guest_1216123)
1 year ago

Predictably, Democratic state legislators don’t support the bill. State Sen. Jason Pizzo quoted the First Amendment during proceedings about the bill and said it was hard to define a riot.
No it isn’t!

RIOT definition:
a violent disturbance of the peace by a crowd.
Pretty damn easy to define

R. Kerch (@guest_1216225)
1 year ago

BLM our communists-period…They and ANTIFA want to destroy our country—-Dem’s use them because they too are commies!!! All state governors should unite and start a coalition to destroy all of them–Do it for America!!! Rumors are flying–Pelosi/Biden/Harris/Schumer/Obama and company should pray–they are in big trouble!!!

Ally (@guest_1216248)
1 year ago

Florida is leading the way in this country. Other states are taking steps, like Arizona’s really giving the ballots form 2020 a really good going over since the Bolsheviks are busy in this country like in 1917 in Russia. There’s no Czars to overthrow, just the US constitution.

Tom (@guest_1216305)
1 year ago

NOTHING GREATER THAN A FLORIDA GATOR and a Governor that has grit (balls to the less offended)!

Go Gators and Gov Ron

Texas Tea Partier (@guest_1216348)
1 year ago

If Mad Maxine travels to Florida, she will be arrested for inciting a riot! No bail.

Patty (@guest_1216408)
1 year ago

Good for Florida! ALL red states should do the same! Law abiding people should NOT have to put up with blm and antifa thugs destroying their cities, killing our people, burning businesses, police stations etc. they should be shot on sight! They do not have the right to terrorize anyone!

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