A new report from the Miami Herald revealed on Tuesday that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is proposing a new “anti-mob” legislation that would allow suspects of looting to be shot for damaging property.
“The proposal would expand the list of ‘forcible felonies’ under Florida’s self-defense law to justify the use of force against people who engage in criminal mischief that results in the ‘interruption or impairment’ of a business, and looting, which the draft defines as a burglary within 500 feet of a ‘violent or disorderly assembly,’” reported Ana Ceballos and David Ovalle.
According to the report, this legislation would add to the already-controversial “stand your ground” law, which removes the duty to retreat from those exercising deadly force against an attacker, if they have a general legal right to be in the place where they are being attacked.
“Lawyers say it’s just one of the many troubling aspects of the draft bill being pushed by the Republican governor in response to police-brutality protests that erupted across Florida and the United States this summer,” said the report. “‘It allows for vigilantes to justify their actions,’ said Denise Georges, a former Miami-Dade County prosecutor who had handled Stand Your Ground cases. ‘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.’”
You can read more on DeSantis’ proposal HERE.