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Claiming people are being paid to riot, Republican state senators voted Wednesday to give police new power to arrest anyone who is involved in a peaceful demonstration that may turn bad — even before anything actually happened.
SB1142 expands the state’s racketeering laws, now aimed at organized crime, to also include rioting. And it redefines what constitutes rioting to include actions that result in damage to the property of others.
But the real heart of the legislation is what Democrats say is the guilt by association — and giving the government the right to criminally prosecute and seize the assets of everyone who planned a protest and everyone who participated. And what’s worse, said Sen. Steve Farley, D-Tucson, is that the person who may have broken a window, triggering the claim there was a riot, might actually not be a member of the group but someone from the other side.
How about just arresting those showing up wearing masks to conceal their identities?
You have 2 options, shut them down OR leave!
originally posted by: AboveBoard
Um. You can't arrest someone because they "might" commit a crime.
And they need to prove their claim of "paid protestors" first, before using that to justify destroying the Constitution.
How un-American is this? Okay right wingers, imagine the police could arrest you and take away your guns because you MIGHT become involved in a shooting.
Dear defenders of the Constitution, I'm begging you, please help before it's too late.
A. A person commits conspiracy if, with the intent to promote or aid the commission of an offense, such person agrees with one or more persons that at least one of them or another person will engage in conduct constituting the offense and one of the parties commits an overt act in furtherance of the offense, except that an overt act shall not be required if the object of the conspiracy was to commit any felony upon on the person of another, or to commit an offense under section 13‑1508, or 13‑1704 or 13‑2903.