Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) is pushing “anti-mob” legislation that would reportedly allow citizens to confront looters with firepower.
The bill, which comes after months of civil unrest in the wake of George Floyd’s death, would broaden Florida’s Stand Your Ground law by expanding the list of “forcible felonies” to justify the use of deadly force against individuals engaged in criminal activity that results in “interruption or impairment” to a business, according to the Miami Herald.
That legislation would also justify deadly force used against individuals engaged in looting businesses within 500 feet of a “violent or disorderly assembly.”
Currently, Florida state law declares:
A person is justified in using or threatening to use deadly force if he or she reasonably believes that using or threatening to use such force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the imminent commission of a forcible felony. A person who uses or threatens to use deadly force in accordance with this subsection does not have a duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground if the person using or threatening to use the deadly force is not engaged in a criminal activity and is in a place where he or she has a right to be.
“Forcible felonies” in Florida include: murder, manslaughter, sexual battery, robbery, kidnapping, assault, battery, aggravated stalking, carjacking, among others, and “any other felony which involves the use or threat of physical force or violence against any individual.”
Also, the bill DeSantis is promoting would give immunity to motorists who “unintentionally killed or injured protesters who block traffic,” the Herald reported.
The bill would also withhold state funding from local governments if they make “disproportionate funding reductions” to police budgets.
Although the legislation has not yet been filed with the Florida Legislature, legal experts are concerned the bill would “encourage vigilantism” and result in unnecessary deaths over property crimes.
“It allows for vigilantes to justify their actions,” Denise Georges, a former Miami-Dade County prosecutor, told the Herald.
She added, “It also allows for death to be the punishment for a property crime — and that is cruel and unusual punishment. We cannot live in a lawless society where taking a life is done so casually and recklessly.”
Former Miami-Dade prosecutor Aubrey Webb agreed that the proposed bill “dangerously gives armed private citizens power to kill as they subjectively determine what constitutes ‘criminal mischief’ that interferes with a business.”
30 thoughts on “Florida Governor Pushes Bill to Allow Deadly Force Against Rioters”
Great news. Governor DeSantis needs to be applauded. Had the other cities and states that have been ravaged by riots Democratic political leaders done the same they would not have victimized their constituents the way they’ve done obviously without any conscience at all.
The “criminal” part of the mischief is why the law is needed. A severe threat to a business is a threat to the wellbeing and lives of the owners and employees of that business.
Those prosecutors objecting , fear they won’t have as many cases if laws cause less crime.
Hey Arizona, are you getting this? I’l bet that there are a lot of citizens that would love to see the same law here.
YES, SHOOT ALL L00TERS AND RIOTERS. THEY ARE SCUM OF THE EARTH AND WE DO NOT WANT THEM OR NEED THEM.
EVERY STATE SHOULD HAVE A “CASTLE LAW”. WE HAVE THE RIGHT AND RESPONSIBILITY TO DEFEND WHAT IS OURS IN TENNESSEE!
This is a very good bill. All states should pass one like this. Those people against it just want the looters to get away with stealing anything they want.
Finally, someone with guts to take care of masked felons. I wished every state would do this. I guarantee that if you use force, they will eventually stop.
“Florida governor pushes bill to allow deadly force against rioters.”
Not just in Florida, deadly force should be allowed in every state of the union for two reasons: 1) We can’t afford to clean up and rebuilt our businesses and homes after they’ve been destroyed. 2) We don’t need rioters and looters..
Great I can’t wait to move to Florida I’m planning to sell my house soon then I can get gun to protect myself
Excellent Bill by Governor DeSantis. It puts the victim on as much equal footing as possible against a criminal. I am a Florida resident and I support it wholeheartedly.
Finally, common sense legislation.
Pass this ASAP.
Yet it would be OK for the robbers and looters to destroy a business? Allowing the looters to continue to destroy business and property isn’t working for anyone. Self defense of a business property with force is the right and only way to stop thieves, looters and murderers in a riot. Rioting isn’t the answer to a problem it is the problem. Airborne
I agree. I don’t work every day, only to have some Antigua, BLM protestor or supporter who isn’t really protesting bu uses it as an excuse to riot and loot at will. We should have a right to defend our properties. They’re destroying the livelihoods of families, and potentially there way of life. If they make that choice, they deserve to lay there DEAD. Funny, how it seems to be when the democrats don’t get there way.
Totally justified bill. It’s so typical of the unethical left to start whining about a bill meant to remedy the problems they caused! We have witnessed countless homicides of right wing people by left wing lunatics for damn near a year now. These same communist lunatics have rioted and burned down businesses. The demonrat solution: defund the police and prosecute anyone who tries to defend themselves. All you leftists can GTH!
This is a GOOD and lawful proposal!!!! WE have the RIGHT to protect our lives and property and the use of deadly force to defend them is long overdue! INCLUDING businesses!
After watching Portland burn and the futile police reactions…..this law NRRDS to be on the books!!!
Alright Desantis about time is it ok to destroy property loot Don’ t do the crime or meet your death. Them scum .
After these past months we as citizens need some threat of retaliation which the scumbags must consider when plying their trades. Well proposed Governor!
…the fake prosecutors are concerned that citizens will do their job for them. What political whores. Had the prosecutors done their job in the first place, the law would not be necessary.
It may be cruel and unusual punishment, but definitely a deterrent. Maybe CA, OR, and Chicago should give it a try!
About time someone grew a spine!!! These Anarchist/looters/socialist/BLM and the like get instant justice by the victims!!!
BIDEN and the Democrats will destroy the country. just sit back and watch it happen. this is what YOU voited for and YOU have to live with it.
GOD BLESS YOU, GOVERNOR… I’S TIME WE FOUGHT THE COMMIE/DEMOCRATS BACK..
I agree people have a right to protect themselves and their family and their home.
Ilive in GA and will protect myself and my home from people trying to destroy it and harm me. I am 3 monhs shy of 70
It would give the armed private citizen the option of living or dying at the hands of a criminal when life or death for the armed private citizen would take less time to happen than the local law enforcement to react. Maybe if Miss Webb was in such a situation she might have a different opinion.
Hope it passes…keep up the good work DeSantis!!
There might be a few people who abuse it but there will be a whole lot more people whe will be saved by the law..These criminal have learned they can get away with anything and the law lets them if they get caught..There will be a few to test it out but when they learn whats at steak they will find different ways to spend their time
Need to make that a Nationwide bill. Everybody has had enough of the burning and looting. Peacefull protesting is one thing but when local DEMOCRATIC officials order the police to stand down and allow it people should be allowed to protect their lives and businesses that many have worked their entire life to build and establish.
In New Hampshire we have had a stand your ground law for a long time. Shooting those threatening ones safety is alive and well here. About time the other States got on board.