When the violent riots broke out, after the presidential election, a Republican state senator from Oregon has started crafting a bill, allowing prosecutors to legislate on rioters that are linked with “economic terrorism”.
KCPQ reported, on Wednesday, state Sen. Doug Ericksen explained that the bill would permit the felony prosecution for “economic terrorism” that would target “those who intentionally break the law in an attempt to intimidate or coerce private citizens or the government by obstructing economic activity.”
“I respect the right to protest, but when it endangers people’s lives and property, it goes too far,” he continued. “Fear, intimidation and vandalism are not a legitimate form of political expression. Those who employ it must be called to account.”
Those who “fund, organize, sponsor or encourage others to commit acts of economic terrorism” would also be liable, he added.
“We are not just going after the people who commit these acts of terrorism,” Ericksen said. “We are going after the people who fund them. Wealthy donors should not feel safe in disrupting middle class jobs.”
Next time when George Soros thinks about encouraging liberals to “riot like barn animals”, he better keep this in mind.
Ericksen’s proposal is not for those who are protesting peacefully, but for those who are putting public’s safety at risk.
The Seattle Times reported that misdemeanor trespassing laws already apply to protest-related disturbances such as blocking railroads, but Ericksen’s proposal would make it a felony.
The likelihood of his bill actually making it into law is unfortunately slim — due both to the state’s divided legislature and to the interference of the American Civil Liberties Union, whose representatives have called it inflammatory and unnecessary.
What do you think about Washington state Sen. Doug Ericksen’s brutal proposal for how to deal with out-of-control rioters?
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