The proposed legislation that activists are gathering is called the “Anti-Mob Bill.”
JACKSONVILLE, Florida – Activists gathered Saturday in front of Duval County Courthouse to protest against the new Florida governor’s “anti-mob” proposal that some have called “anti-protest.”
“This proposed legislation is undemocratic, dictatorial and blatantly unconstitutional,” said local activist Ben Fraser of the Northside Jacksonville Coalition in a press release. “The proposed legislation is dangerous because it is a dog whistle to inform armed guards that the season is open for peaceful protesters.”
The proposal is called the “Anti-Mob Bill.” It would expand Florida’s “stand on your land” law and justify the use of force against those who “boycott or weaken” businesses during “violent or uncontrolled assembly.”
The proposal would also increase criminal penalties for people involved in “uncontrolled assemblies,” making it a third-degree felony to prevent passage during protests and provide immunity for drivers who “inadvertently” strike protesters who obstruct traffic.
“The proposed bill erases the presumption of innocence until proven guilty,” said Christina Keitel of the Jacksonville Community Action Committee. “He is inciting vigilante violence against the protesters before their day in court. It violates the bail effort as well, which here in Jax was going to prevent the release of more than 70 peaceful protesters from 30-31 May.”
The gathering started at 1 in the afternoon
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