Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has announced a new law that will “counter violent protests that have rocked the state and country,” reported Fox News. Such protests are one of the results of the police custody death of George Floyd in May.
DeSantis announced this during a press conference at the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.
According to the new law, those found guilty of throwing objects at police and law enforcement officers will be subject to a jail sentence for a minimum of six months. Fox News reported that the law also “imposes felony penalties for protesters who block roadways, topple monuments or harass people.”
“There’s going to be a ton of bricks raining down on you,” DeSantis said.
“We’ve seen disorder and tumult in many cities across the country,” DeSantis told reporters during a news conference in Winter Haven. “I think that this has been a really, really sad chapter in American history.”
George Floyd’s death prompted far-left activists and protesters to call for defunding the police. Meanwhile, the new law would target cities that would go down that same path.
“This is a very robust package,” the Republican governor said. “I think what it is saying is we’re not going to let Florida go down the road where some of these places have gone.
According to DeSantis, the new law will be filed for the state’s next legislative session that begins in March.