- As organizers of the fatal 2017 “Unite the Right” rally are on trial in a civil lawsuit, Republicans across the country are proposing “hit and kill” bills that will allow motorists to run down protesters.
- There were139 vehicle rammings between George Floyd’s death on May 25, 2020, and Sept. 30, 2021, that caused 100 injuries and killed at least three people.
- “There’s this kind of vigilantism that’s returning,” Robinson lamented. “If we deem these protesters to be rioters, we’re going to take the law into our own hands.”
Bob Brigham from Rawstory writes:
“As the organizes of the fatal 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville are standing trial in a civil lawsuit, Republicans across the country are organizing to pass “hit and kill” bills that allow motorists to run down protesters.
On Monday, the Boston Globe reported on a “Back the Blue Act” signed by Iowa’s Republican governor, Kim Reynolds. The bill took the side of drivers who run over protesters. In June of 2020, the driver of Reynold’s state-issued Chevrolet Suburban struck a Des Moines Black Liberation Movement protester who was urging the governor to restore voting rights.
“Iowa is one of three states, along with Oklahoma and Florida, to enact laws this year giving drivers some degree of legal immunity if they use their vehicles to hurt protesters, part of a wave of ‘hit and kill’ bills introduced in 13 other states by Republican legislators since 2017. Most of those proposals came after one of the most sustained periods of demonstrations in US history following Floyd’s murder, and the effort to crack down on protesters has sent a chilling message to activists, who believe it will encourage violence against them,” the newspaper reported.
There is currently pending legislation in Tennessee, New Jersey and Washington…”
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