MIAMI (CBSMiami) – With the stroke of a pen, Governor Ron DeSantis signed a controversial law and order bill into law which aimed at cracking down on unruly and violent protests. DeSantis announced the legislation last September after protests across the nation in the aftermath of the May death of George Floyd, a 36-year-old Black man who died after then-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on Floyd's neck for at least eight minutes. READ MORE: Explosion And Fire Heavily Damages Oakland Park Styrofoam Manufacturing Business "We saw really unprecedented disorder and rioting throughout the summer of 2020 and said that's not going to happen here in the state of Florida. We wanted to make sure that we could protect the people of our great state, people's businesses and property, against any type of mob activity and violent assemblies," said DeSantis before signing the legislation at a ceremony in Winter Haven. The measure, "Combating Public Disorder," creates new liability for "mob intimidation" and increases penalties for riot-related violence and looting. "I think it's remarkable if you look at the breadth of this piece of legislation, it is the strongest anti-rioting, pro-law enforcement piece of legislation in the country. There's just nothing… Read full this story
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