Florida's new 'anti-riot' law is unconstitutional, lawsuit claims

An Orlando civil rights attorney filed the suit in the U.S. District Court in Orlando on behalf of the Lawyers Matter Task Force, a nonprofit advocacy group. Defendants named in the suit include Gov. Ron DeSantis, Attorney General Ashley Moody, and Orange County Sheriff John Mina.

“The purpose of these laws are nothing more than an attempt to silence the Black Lives Matter movement and other civil organizations by limiting the ability to protest,” the attorney, Aaron Carter Bates, said in a statement, according to the Orlando Sentinel. “The First Amendment is a pillar of American democracy, and the ‘anti-riot’ laws clearly strip Floridians of their freedom of speech and right to assemble.”

DESANTIS SENDING MESSAGE THAT PROTESTING IS OKAY, BUT RIOTING IS ‘UNACCEPTABLE’: FLORIDA SHERIFF

DeSantis signed the “anti-riot” bill into law this week. It increases penalties for crimes committed during riots and is aimed at “combating public disorder.”

Gov. Ron DeSantis is seen March 2, 2021.

Gov. Ron DeSantis is seen March 2, 2021.

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