Arizona Senate votes to seize assets of those who plan, participate in protests that turn violent
Claiming people are being paid to riot, Republican state senators voted Wednesday to give police new power to arrest anyone who is involved in a peaceful demonstration that may turn bad — even before anything actually happened.
SB1142 expands the state’s racketeering laws, now aimed at organized crime, to also include rioting. And it redefines what constitutes rioting to include actions that result in damage to the property of others.
But the real heart of the legislation is what Democrats say is the guilt by association — and giving the government the right to criminally prosecute and seize the assets of everyone who planned a protest and everyone who participated. And what’s worse, said Sen. Steve Farley, D-Tucson, is that the person who may have broken a window, triggering the claim there was a riot, might actually not be a member of the group but someone from the other side.
Okay so spread the blatant lie that people are being paid to protest (and if it's not a lie can somebody from Professional Protesters Inc. please contact me, you owe me some back pay), check. Use that flimsy pretext to imprison, steal from, and ruin the lives of anybody who stands up to you, check.
Seriously, this sounds like some shit I'd heard of coming from blatantly dictatorial nations that barely bother to pretend they give a fuck about human rights. The bill still needs to be passed by the House but it's fucking Arizona so lol say goodbye to your right to protest, everyone who lives there. And then soon every other red state.