New legislation would protect drivers who hit protestors

The Associated Press - February 20, 2021 11:44 am

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — When massive demonstrations against racial injustice erupted across the nation last summer, protesters sometimes swarmed onto roads or highways to raise awareness for their cause. The public may recall searing images of drivers plowing through crowds, causing serious injuries and, in some cases, deaths.

Now, Republican politicians across the country are moving to stop the maneuver, proposing increased penalties for demonstrators who run onto highways and legal immunity for drivers who hit them. Dozens of such bills aimed at cracking down on protests and demonstrations have been introduced in Legislatures across the country.

 

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