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“It’s shifting the burden of proof from the motor vehicle driver to the pedestrian,” said Rep. Keith Kempenich, R-Bowman, who admitted the bill is in response to the Dakota Access Pipeline protests in southern Morton County.
He said a response, in the form of House Bill 1203, was needed after groups of protesters blocked or gathered close to roadways and caused problems as motorists tried to drive by.
“They’re not there for the protesters,” said Kempenich of public roadways as a staging point. “They’re intentionally putting themselves in danger."
originally posted by: Diisenchanted
So it seems there is an attempt to make it legal to run over protesters.
What are your thoughts on this?
originally posted by: TrueBrit
a reply to: Diisenchanted
Protest has to affect something, in order to be effective. The assertion by the law enforcement community that "These people are not here for the protestors" is not worth the air it was spoken into. People may be putting themselves in danger, but there is absolutely no way that the law enforcement community can suggest that these actions are not directly related to the pipeline protests.