A Minnesota state Senator wants to remove the access of convicted protesters to government programs such as food stamps, student loans, and health care.
GOP state Sen. David Osmek has laid out the legislation while the country waited for the decision in the Derek Chauvin trial. Chauvin is the former police officer who was charged and recently convicted of the murder of George Floyd.
The bill will render protesters “convicted of a criminal offense” ineligible for any grants, services and also loans provided by Minnesota.
Before the jury handed down Chauvin’s conviction, many have criticized Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) for seemingly inciting violence in the statements she made at Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. She demanded that protestors should not just stay in the streets. She said they should become “more confrontational” if Chauvin received an acquittal of murder.
Many have slammed Waters for her irresponsible statements. Among the people who have criticized her is Judge Peter Cahill, the one presiding over the Chauvin trial. He said Waters’ comments were “abhorrent,” also saying legislators should become more respectful of the judicial branch, as stated in the oath they make to defend the constitution.
Cahill also said in court that a lawmaker’s opinion didn’t “matter a whole lot.”
It would be unlikely for the bill to pass as Democrats control Minnesota’s state House and Governor’s Office.