Florida's 'anti-riot' bill criminalizes dissent and stocks cities from cutting police budgets

Florida’s ‘anti-riot’ bill criminalizes dissent and blocks cities from cutting police budgets

Photo of Ron DeSantis standing on a stage

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Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis is set to sign the state’s so-called anti-riot bill that was pushed by Republicans in the wake of last summer’s Black Lives Matter uprising.

Among other things, it bars local governments from cutting police budgets without state approval and raises penalties on demonstrators accused of a crime, including damage to historical monuments or statues.

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