Florida Gov. DeSantis signs anti-riot bill imposing harsher criminal penalties on violent protesters

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Backed by law enforcement from all over Central Florida at the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, the governor signed his controversial anti-rioting bill into law on Monday. The measure is meant to stiffen penalties on violent protesters.

The new law stiffens penalties for people arrested during a riot, makes it illegal to topple statues or monuments, and creates a new kind of crime known as mob intimidation.

Mob intimidation could include disturbing diners during a disturbance, which happened in St. Pete, or blocking a roadway during a demonstration, which happened in Lakeland.

The law also blocks cities and counties from defunding the police, and penalizes them if they tell law enforcement to stand down during a riot.

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