By Sarah Keane • 11 November 2020 • 17:21
Florida governor to allow armed locals to SHOOT looters and rioters
Florida’s governor Ron DeSantis has drafted new legislation expanding the state’s current Stand Your Ground law, allowing armed citizens the freedom to shoot and potentially kill anyone they suspect of looting local businesses.
According to the Miami Herald, the legislation is an attempt to prevent “violent and disorderly assemblies” by permitting violence against anyone involved in the “interruption or impairment” of a business.
The law would also make any protesting which blocks traffic a felony, and the act of running over said protesters, and killing them, legal.
Many have criticised the move by DeSantis, worried that it will encourage vigilante violence and push citizens to take the law into their own hands.
“It allows for vigilantes to justify their actions,” Denise Georges, a former Miami-Dade County prosecutor said.
“It also allows for death to be the punishment for a property crime – and that is a cruel and unusual punishment.
“We cannot live in a lawless society where taking a life is done so casually and recklessly.”
If the legislation is passed, violence will permitted against anyone committing an act of burglary within 500 feet of “violent or disorderly assembly.”
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
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