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.
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.
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.
Sen. Martin Quezada, D-Phoenix, acknowledged that sometimes what’s planned as a peaceful demonstration can go south.
“When people want to express themselves as a group during a time of turmoil, during a time of controversy, during a time of high emotions, that’s exactly when people gather as a community,’’ he said. “Sometimes they yell, sometimes they scream, sometimes they do go too far.’’
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.
But Sen. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, said that chilling effect is aimed at a very specific group of protesters.
“You now have a situation where you have full-time, almost professional agent-provocateurs that attempt to create public disorder,’’ he said.
people who commit crimes while protesting should also lose all government assistance [section 8 housing, food stamps, unemployment , etc]
Although I agree with the intent of this bill, it 's a slippery slope.
Yes this is wrong, Saying it could or might go wrong is enough! I don't think so. They should have to actually riot to get arrested for that crime. These senators are acting like dictators!!
Please read SB 1142.
I agree that this is a slippery slope. It sounds good, but can go bad just as quickly as the "peaceful protests". I think all of those involved in a riot should be arrested, fingerprinted and photographed. Then should their ID pop up in another riot, they should be tried for rioting. If their ID pops up in another riot in a different state, then try them for sedition, for it appears they might be paid agitators.
Yes I understand the idea behind this but strongly oppose it. Very very slippery slope imo
What assets? Most of them are a bunch of bratty snowflakes that can't/haven't get/had a job. They going to go after mom & dad's assets? I've got no problem with them going after the people who caused and incited riots----they SHOULD. BUT......I can also see where people who were victims of the riots might get dragged into it even though they did nothing wrong. Is this punishment AFTER they've had a trial and found guilty? I don't see how it effects First Amendment rights. If people protest by getting their permits first and not blocking roads or making contact with other people...what's the problem?
Does Quezada think the Berkeley riots were just something that got out of hand? We all know most of that was PLANNED. Next.....we need to connect this to Soros. THOSE are the assets we REALLY want.
IT'S ABOUT TIME!!! The lawlessness of the past EIGHT LONG YEARS CAN NEVER be justified,instead it must be studied to reach an understanding of HOW it was allowed to happen. I Prayed long and hard leading up to the November election, asking God in Heaven to give the United States a chance to show that we had lost our way, and in his Love we could and would ensure it would never happen again. I believe that God heard my Prayers, and the Prayers of millions of other Christians who asked the same forgiveness!
The search for answers must never be for justification, because I don't believe that we can, or would ever want to justify how as a people, we stood by in silence and surrendered our Values, our Families and our Country. We watched as the very foundations of our existence were removed from under our feet. If eight years ago you would have told me, or most anyone that our Daughters, Granddaughters, wives and sisters would be "required" to share a restroom with...whomever, I would never have believed it! Then we lavished the very people who's corruption dreamed up these countless ways to "fix history" without regard for outcome and impact! We must NEVER forget what WE LET HAPPEN, and resolve NEVER AGAIN!!
What should we have done and when? That's what needs to be established! We must learn from all this, as to how Easily, Quietly and Thoroughly we were manipulated by an administration stuffed with Communist ideas, and actions that literally scream of indifference to our Culture, History, AND WE THE PEOPLE! Congress and our Judicial stood at the end of the puppeteers ropes and willingly danced the dance of indifference in cloaked silence. As more of us continue to emerge from the fog of deceit, don't ever stop asking how this happen, and why, why, why didn't we stop it!!!
We have laws already that protect property that is vandalized or destroyed and the ones doing it are not arrested and brought to trial. There are many cameras out there taking pictures of those who are burning flags, breaking windows, setting fires, punching people and the law to arrest those who perpetrate these actions are not being followed. How are new laws going to do any better? I see this as another way to enact new laws for another purpose and it not for what it states on the surface.
Now what's Texas waiting for?
This should be trend setting.
What state does that weasel Soros live in?