Florida Governor Drafts Anti-Mob Legislation

By Faye Higbee

The left is screeching at high velocity over the Florida Governor’s anti-mob legislation proposal.  The draft expands the Florida Stand Your Ground Law to include the use of force against rioters and looters,  and withholds funding from any city or county that “defunds” the police. But it doesn’t exactly do what its detractors think it does.

The Combating Violence, Disorder and Looting and Law Enforcement Protection Act – the anti-mob proposal

The end of the anti-mob proposal is where the screaming has originated: the Act expands Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law under Forcible Felonies to include violence against a business during a riot.

“Stand Your Ground Amendments
776.08 Forcible felony.
. . . device or bomb; looting; criminal mischief that results in the interruption or impairment of a business operation; arson that results in the interruption or impairment of a business operation; and any other felony . . . .”

A “forcible felony” is any criminal activity that allows a private citizen to respond with lethal force.

Not exactly “hunting season,”  although it would keep private citizens from being total victims in a riot. All laws hold elements of intent, so it’s not as simple as eradicating a bunch of rioters.

The draft anti-mob proposal also gives legal immunity to a driver who UNINTENTIONALLY hits or kills a protester that is blocking a street or highway. No, people can’t deliberately run over protesters, but if they find themselves surrounded and try to get away, and someone gets injured or killed, they will not be liable.

870.015 (3)

A motor vehicle operator who unintentionally causes injury or death to a person who obstructs or interferes with the regular flow of vehicular traffic in violation of subsection (1) or (2) is not liable for such injury or death.

The proposal contains enhanced penalties for violent rioting and looting, as well as throwing objects at citizens or law enforcement. A person charged with these crimes will be ineligible for public re-employment  assistance, and that includes any state or local employee who participates in the rioting and looting. The most important part of those enhancements is that no one is eligible for bail if they are arrested for crimes of rioting and looting until their appearance before a judge. It’s the direct opposite of cities like Portland, where everyone arrested is released without consequences or prosecution.

Assaults on police also have enhanced penalties. Any entity that moves to defund law enforcement would have its state funding removed. Law enforcement is also charged with protecting the public – if they fail to do so, the victim can sue them for damages. (No more “stand down” orders in the midst of a riot or they will pay for it.)

You can read the draft proposal here.

Featured photo: Screenshot Florida Governor Ron DeSantis

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