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Proposed House bill would create stiff penalties toward protesters – Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee

Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee 2021-05-03 23:24:00 –

Nashville, TN (WKRN) — On Tuesday, Tennessee legislators will return to state legislators to discuss new legislation and possible amendments. Among them is House Building 513.

If passed, the proposed law creates stricter penalties for protesters and provides immunity if a particular driver injures people participating in the protest.

Angel Stansbury, an advocate of social justice and a member of People’s Plaza, a group that led a large-scale demonstration at the Tennessee Capitol after George’s murder, said: Floyd.

House Bill 513 will create new riot-related crimes. It is illegal for protesters to throw or “threate or harass” anyone who has not participated in the demonstration. Penalties range from minor offenses to felony class E offenses.

The proposed bill will also increase penalties for blocking roadways during protests and immunize protesters for “unintentionally harming” drivers.

“They have to practice the vague term’sufficient attention’that I’ve never seen before,” said Stansbury. “Combination of this with unauthorized carry is a way for them to encourage vigilantism in the redneck, which puts our lives at risk. Even without immunizing the driver, it is already for people. Life is at stake. People have already been overrun during the protest. “

The bill is sponsored by Congressman Ron Gant and many others. They say law is needed to prevent violence.

Stay in News 2 for continued coverage of community unrest throughout central Tennessee.

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