According to the Arizona Capital Times, the Republican-controlled Arizona Senate just passed a bill (on Wednesday) that will allow authorities to seize the assets of protesters.
This bill “expands the state’s racketeering laws, now aimed at organized crime, to also include rioting,” and redefines “what constitutes rioting to include actions that result in damage to the property of others.”
What does this mean? This means that if you are in the midst of a peaceful protest and it turns violent, you would run the risk of losing all of your assets. This bill would also allow police to arrest those who planned the protest even if they had nothing to do with any of the violence involved.
Kavanaugh, a former police officer, told the Capitol Times, “You now have a situation where you have full-time, almost professional agent-provocateurs that attempt to create public disorder,“Wouldn’t you rather stop a riot before it starts? Do you really want to wait until people are injuring each other, throwing Molotov cocktails, picking up barricades and smashing them through businesses in downtown Phoenix?”