VICE’s Spin: Florida ‘Anti-Rioting’ Law Will Make It Much Easier to Run Over Protesters With Cars

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the law, which includes civil immunity for people who drive their cars into crowds of protesters.  “It’s the strongest anti-rioting pro-law enforcement piece of legislation in the country. There’s nothing even close,” DeSantis said at a press conference. “We’re not going to end up like Portland.”

As of Monday in Florida, a gathering of three or more people can be labeled a “riot”—and if they’re blocking the road and you feel frightened, it’s generally OK to run them over with a car. Historic monuments, however—Confederate and otherwise—receive special protection under the law.

These are just some of the stipulations created by Florida’s new controversial anti-protest bill, which Gov. Ron DeSantis, flanked by law enforcement officers at the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, signed into law on Monday.

“It’s the strongest anti-rioting pro-law enforcement piece of legislation in the country. There’s nothing even close,” DeSantis said at a press conference. “We’re not going to end up like Portland.”

The “Combatting Public Disorder Bill,” or HB1, is the latest attempt to crack down on First Amendment activity in the wake of the nationwide protest movement that was triggered by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Florida’s bill, as with those introduced in 45 states this year, has been widely criticized by civil liberties groups who fear that the law will be used disproportionately to criminalize Black-led protests against police brutality and racial injustice.

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  1. I love how commonsense legislation to keep idiots off the hyway is a crackdown on 1st Ammendment rights but their never-ending attempt to get rid of our 2nd Ammendment right is ok.
    As a general rule, if you have a demonstration permit it will state what time and where you can demonstrate. It’s NOT a blank check to go or do whatever you want and it will NEVER be to block a public roadway…..
    People are stupid these days, the education system failed them, they have the reasoning capability of mental midgets……

  2. So let me get this right. IF you see 3 people crossing the road with a protest flag its ok to run them over and kill them but if they are carrying a confederate monument then you are not allowed to…….OK Got it!

  3. Mintsauce -The Vice article is written by intellectual dishonest partisan scum who did not report what the DeSantis bill actually is- those are your brethern Mint. We posted it up to show the propaganda and you ate it up like a wondering person in the wilderness with no food for weeks .

    The depth of dishonesty in your comment is vile and disgusting.

    The bill was presented only after numerous incidents where antifa/BLM/Out of control leftist radicals swarmed innocent Americans in their cars as they lay siege to a city intersection , at times dragging them out of their cars and beating them , even resulting in death on occassion. Many of those incidents involved rioters with weapons!

    There is no law being proposed that is protecting anyone using thier vehicle to threaten or injure any person crossing a road with a flag.

    You have no moral compass if you are able to comment such a nasty ignorant comment related to this article’s subject.

    The proposal (HB 1) contains a slew of provisions aimed at unlawful assembly and rioters. MINT the key word is UNLAWFUL not lawful assembly.DeSantis;s law will negatively impact you .
    However , if you and your crew come to Florida to break the law and intimidate, physically threaten, injure, destroy people, or destroy property and commerce, or engage in stopping EMS and Fire from responding by road blocking then you are breaking the law and will have the full weight of penalties against you .

    A 29-year-old woman was seriously injured after being pulled from her car and assaulted during the Saturday night protest in downtown Buffalo.

  4. Just Me – Thank you. I needed that smile.

    The hope here is twofold.
    1. As a compassionate human being I feel compelled to help her pull up before the mountain crushes her kind of thing. I mean just how brain damaged – like does a person want to present? It is cringeworthy how daft she allows herself to come across.
    2. Behavior modification that we might grow up a more creative and far more interesting troll???? lol.

  5. Mint,
    Yes, if you feel you are in imminent mortal danger or serious bodily harm, you have every right to STOP THE THREAT. There were several cases in Portland where drivers that tried to pull away from these MOBs were dragged from their cars and beaten.

  6. Mint,
    Nobody wants “to kill” anyone. This Bill in Florida allows an individual to take action:
    to STOP from being maimed…
    to STOP from being murdered…
    to STOP from being put 6 feet underground never to see your loved ones again.
    Does this Bill make more sense now?

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