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Report: Gov. DeSantis pushing to expand Stand Your Ground law with ‘anti-mob’ legislation

Posted at 1:00 PM, Nov 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-11 13:11:01-05

Gov. Ron DeSantis is pushing to add “anti-mob” legislation to Florida's Stand Your Ground law according to a report from the Miami Herald.

The Miami Herald reports DeSantis is drafting proposed legislation that would Florida's Stand Your Ground law which prohibits someone for being charged for killing someone if you're in fear for your life.

Under the draft, the list of "forcible felonies" that justify the use of force would expand, specifically against anyone involved in the “interruption or impairment” of a business and looting, which is reportedly defined in the draft as a burglary within 500 feet of a “violent or disorderly assembly.”

The Miami Herald reports some worry the proposed draft would allow armed citizens to shoot and possibly kill anyone they suspect of looting.

The outlet reports that the draft adds specificity to the Combating Violence, Disorder, and Looting and Law Enforcement Protection Act DeSantis announced in September.

As part of that, the proposal would reportedly increase penalties to a third degree felony for those who participate in "disorderly assemblies," block roads, get involved in looting or any other "criminal mischief" that disrupts a business.

It also states that any driver who hits a person who is obstructing traffic during a "disorderly assembly" will not be liable for injury or death "if fleeing from the safety of a mob."

Like the act announced by DeSantis in September, the proposal reportedly seeks to punish any municipality that "defunds" police department by withholding state funding and grants.

The Miami Herald reports the legislation draft has been sent to Florida’s House Judiciary Committee.