September 22, 2021

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Why weren’t SOS Cuba protesters in Miami arrested under Florida’s new anti-riot regulation?

MIAMI – “All of a sudden you have individuals out there shutting down a freeway. They commence to do that, there wants to be swift penalties.”

Those were being Gov. Ron DeSantis’ phrases again in April when he signed a controversial anti-riot invoice.

On Tuesday?

“I think people understand the difference amongst going out and peacefully assembling, which is naturally people’s constitutional ideal,” DeSantis said on a working day when South Floridians stood in solidarity with Cuban citizens’ protests by having to the Palmetto Expressway and closing it down for hours.

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What is happening in this article is politics colliding with apply.

The anti-riot regulation was one particular of numerous championed by DeSantis captivating to his conservative foundation in the wake of Black Lives Make a difference protests — a regulation now becoming broken by the governor’s possess supporters, and on roads under point out jurisdiction.

“They are in violation of the regulation, but you have to have persistence. Tou cant appear out below and arrest everyone,” Joe Sanchez of the Florida Highway Patrol mentioned.

On Tuesday, FHP permit the freeway shut down take place.

And our cameras observed at Miami-Dade officer really wave folks as a result of the law enforcement line to the freeway ramp.

In June 2020, FHP blocked Black Life Make any difference protesters from receiving on I-95. When they did — for minutes, not several hours — no 1 was arrested listed here either.

“However the law is utilized in Miami-Dade County, it wants to be utilized persistently across the board,” said Stephen Johnson of the Miami-Dade Black Affairs Advisory Board.

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The 61-website page legislation handles a variety of actions against mob violence and destruction, some of it open up to interpretation. The part producing street blocking illegal, however, is clearly reduce and dry.

“A precedent has been established, and we are going to have to dwell with that precedent,” Johnson claimed.

In Tampa, two folks at a similar rally Tuesday were arrested under the regulation for allegedly battering law-enforcement officers.

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