Florida’s “Anti-Riot” Law:
Protection or Oppression?
Monday, May 17, 2021
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. ET
Gov. DeSantis describes it as “the strongest anti-rioting, pro-law enforcement piece of legislation in the country.” The Miami Herald calls it an “insidious law, anti-democratic and un-American, an edict some autocrat might have cooked up.”
Known as the “anti-riot law,” House Bill 1 was passed and signed by the governor last month. It is one of the most contentious actions to come out of a legislative session filled with controversy. The law, touted by legislators and law enforcement as an attempt to protect property and quell civil unrest while giving legal cover to those who injure or kill “rioters,” is being challenged in the courts as an infringement on multiple constitutional rights, including freedoms of speech and assembly.
Shannon Ligon, a Florida civil rights attorney and founder of one of the groups that filed a suit challenging the law, will join Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood for what promises to be a lively discussion in a Tiger Bay webinar. The two will discuss the ramifications of the law already being felt locally, how civil rights groups and law enforcement agencies will deal with these issues, and how the court battles may shape the future of public protest in Florida.
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