Remember when crackpot authoritarian blogger and law professor Glenn Reynolds urged his followers to run over protestors? Well, the governor of the nation’s third largest state would like to make this nice and legal:
Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis pushed legislation that he described as “bold” on Monday. Judging by the plain text of the proposal and the responses to it, bold is an understatement.
Under the “new criminal offenses” section established by the would-be Combatting Violence, Disorder and Looting and Law Enforcement Protection Act, DeSantis declared it a third-degree felony to obstruct traffic during an “unpermitted protest, demonstration or violent or disorderly assembly.” Notably, the next clause purports to remove liability for injury or death a driver causes if that driver is “fleeing for safety from a mob.
DeSantis’s legislation would also criminalize the destruction of monuments and purports to to attach racketeering liability to “anyone who organizes or funds a violent or disorderly assembly.” DeSantis also seeks mandatory minimum sentences for striking law enforcement officers.
The nuttiest ideas of the dimmest trolls on the intarwebs can become legislative proposals by governors in less than five years. What a country!
Oh, and DeSantis’s proposed legislation would a permanently deny state employment to people who are convicted of “participating in” a “violent or disorderly assembly,” and denies bail for people arrested for participating in one before their first court appearance. Deep down in hell Joe McCarthy is smiling.