In an attempt to stop protests from happening in the state, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt (R) signed a bill into law this week that would allow drivers to injure or kill protestors without consequences.
According to the new law, it is considered “a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in prison and a $5,000 fine for anyone who obstructs a public street during the course of a protest, according to the legislation.”
It also notes that “drivers cannot be held criminally or civilly liable for killing or injuring a protestor if they are ‘fleeing from a riot,’ and there is ‘reasonable belief’ that they are in danger.”
“We are sending a message today in Oklahoma that rioters who threaten law-abiding citizens’ safety will not be tolerated. I remain unequivocally committed to protecting every Oklahoman’s First Amendment right to peacefully protest as well as their right to feel safe in their community,” Stitt said.