Steel soapbox…. SB 1142
hmm apparently this bill was backed on the claim that people are being paid to riot (ie coming under racketeering umbrella). This bill was introduced and passed by the Republican state senators: SB 1142
“SB1142 expands the state’s racketeering laws, now aimed at organized crime, to also include rioting. And it redefines what constitutes rioting to include actions that result in damage to the property of others”
Now this bill has many glitches including nonspecific guidelines to enact… in fact this bill technically could give police the authority to arrest anyone who is involved in a peaceful demonstration that, in th police’s opinion will go bad.. even if there is no violence to account for such analysis.
“Claiming people are being paid to riot, Republican state senators voted Wednesday to give police new power to arrest anyone who is involved in a peaceful demonstration that may turn bad — even before anything actually happened.”
We have the freedom under the FIRST amendment to peaceful demonstrations, this bill says no….. that for me is a problem
“Quezada said, though, that everything that constitutes rioting already is a crime, ranging from assault to criminal damage, and those responsible can be individually prosecuted. He said the purpose of this bill appears to be designed to chill the First Amendment rights of people to decide to demonstrate in the first place for fear something could wrong.”
However this is what happens when you want to dictate and control a people as in a police state situation.. if and probably when this passes the house the Republican power structure has told the American citizen you have no right to your right in the FIRST amendment to a peaceful demonstration because there you are paid to protest number one with no proof needed and number two there is a chance that it could get violent in some degree though those lines are muddled.
“But the real heart of the legislation is what Democrats say is the guilt by association — and giving the government the right to criminally prosecute and seize the assets of everyone who planned a protest and everyone who participated. And what’s worse, said Sen. Steve Farley, D-Tucson, is that the person who may have broken a window, triggering the claim there was a riot, might actually not be a member of the group but someone from the other side.”
While of course it is wrong to commit acts of violence or criminal offenses during any demonstration, this law goes too far in malign sure there are no demonstrations particularity in regards to the party now in power.. and that action is just as wrong…..
Protesting peacefully is not a conspiracy nor in general are people paid to be there, when people feel wrong they speak up.. part of being American