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Randolph Bracy condemns Ron DeSantis’ anti-mob proposal as reckless

‘We cannot allow death to be the punishment for a property crime.’

Democratic Sen. Randolph Bracy condemned Gov. Ron DeSantis‘ proposal anti-mob proposal as reckless and irresponsible “Trumpism” and demanded that death not be an acceptable punishment for property crimes.

 “We cannot allow death to be the punishment for a property crime because we do not live in a lawless society,” Bracy declared in a news release issued by Senate Democrats.

Bracy’s statement was a condemnation of DeSantis’ proposed “Combatting Violence, Disorder and Looting and Law Enforcement Protection Act.” That proposal would create new offenses targeting violence at protests, increases penalties and implements other hard-line actions. One “citizen and taxpayer protection measure” would prohibit state grants and aid to local governments that slash law enforcement budgets, a direct counter to the “Defund the Police” movement.

DeSantis’ proposal also could expand Florida’s Stand Your Ground law to allow business owners to use deadly force to defend their businesses from looters, Bracy contended.

“Gov. DeSantis’ brand of conservatism is looking more and more like Trumpism. His proposals to ‘crack down on protests’ will only fuel racial unrest and violence, not dampen them. DeSantis is treating the law as a playbook for his next election which is reckless and irresponsible,” Bracy charged in the release. “I condemn this legislation and consider it bad policy.”

Bracy called DeSantis’ proposal “anti-mob” legislation. He also argued that what Florida has seen since the May death of George Floyd in Minneapolis has been thousands of people taking to the streets in peaceful protests, in “impassioned marches that represent the real and genuine frustrations within the endless failure to reform police practices and the broader criminal justice system,” according to the release from Senate Democrats.

Bracy, of Ocoee, won easy reelection Nov. 3. He has been active in criminal justice reform efforts throughout his tenures in the Senate and in the House of Representatives. With his condemnation of DeSantis’ proposal, released late Thursday, Bracy appeared to claim some of the leadership role among Democrats in the Senate.

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Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at scott@floridapolitics.com.

5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. martin

    November 13, 2020 at 12:44 pm

    I agree with the Gov. You come to burn my business and take away my livelyhood, prepare to meet your maker.

  2. James Robert Miles

    November 13, 2020 at 1:05 pm

    Just another GOP extremist party move by the ultimate Trump butt-kisser, DeSatan. The GOP is trying to take away the right to peaceful protest, the usual move by un-American fascists. This B.S. will NOT survive a Supreme Court challenge!

  3. Ralph

    November 13, 2020 at 4:04 pm

    Hey genius; re-read the article. We are not talking “peaceful”, we are talking burning, looting and destroying business’s.

    This “bs” as you call it, should and will survive the stand your ground laws.

    Typical spin from lib democrat. You must have majored in a sidewalk social science subject in school. Learn to read and comprehend. Then and only then can you become a productive member of society.

  4. Vanetta Crute

    November 15, 2020 at 8:16 am

    I agree with you completely.
    You dont get to take someone s life over a property crime. This is just fueling the fire of these idiot racists to shoot first.
    Also DeSatan is giving a green light to run people over while protesting–we have a right to peaceful protest in this country.
    Florida s govenor is a staunch white supremicist just like his puppet master trump!!

  5. Sabrina

    November 16, 2020 at 9:02 am

    Look at the marxist tears because they won`t be able to destroy other people`s property. It is the right of every American to defend themselves, Family and property against criminals.Let us know when you marxists decide to peaceful protest.

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