Florida’s Corrupt Anti-Riot Law Loses Legal Battle

If you haven’t heard, the Florida state legislature passed a law earlier this year that effectively defined protesting as rioting, making it unlawful to exercise your first amendment right in many scenarios, and levied heavy penalties on offenders. The two things which made the law worse is the timing of its creation and the enforcement of it. The law was created in response to police brutality protests, which usually had many African American participants, and was made to be enforced against them. In comparison, there was little to no enforcement during recent protest concerning the economic crisis in Cuba. This is a law I believe our friend Mary, a recent commenter on another post, would be proud of. That’s not a good thing.

Well, the law was challenged from the beginning by the NAACP and other social justice groups. One of the early legal strategies was to have an injunction put in place by the court while the court battled went on. An injunction is a judicial order that restrains or prevents something from beginning or continuing. In this case, the NAACP sought to prevent the law from being enforced while the lawsuit continued. On September 9, 2021, a Florida Federal Court granted the request.

To read the complete Injunction Order, click the hyperlink. Let us know what you think of the law, the injunctive relief, or anything else concerning this case.