Protest held in Jacksonville over ‘anti-mob’ bill after being approved by Senate committee

House Bill 1 to reach Senate floor

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The controversial “anti-mob” bill, or House Bill 1, will reach the Senate floor. Those against the bill rallied in downtown Jacksonville on Saturday.

It’s one step away from the governor’s desk.

“I think it is high time we pass this bill,” said Dean Black, RNC chairman.

The controversial HB 1, or “anti-mob” bill, was approved by a Senate committee Friday and was protested in Jacksonville yet again Saturday.

“Things like this are really scary,” said Christina Kittle, of the Jacksonville Community Action Committee. “They are just designed to intimidate people and stop us from taking the streets and stop us from assembling as a community.”

In September, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the Combatting Violence, Disorder and Looting and Law Enforcement Protection Act.

“Gov. DeSantis and our Republicans in the legislature are going to make sure that First Amendment rights are protected, but the right to riot doesn’t exist in this state,” Black said.

This comes just a few months after civil rights protests across the country where some of them were violent.

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