The decide orders the conservative assume tank to pay the protester US $ 2.four million if states move "anti-riot" legal guidelines
Several defendants are named in the lawsuit, including former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke and the Traditionalist Labor Party. Since the rally was organized by Spencer's think tank, the National Policy Institute, it is also listed as a defendant. As a result, Federal Judge Michael Watson urged the right-wing think tank to pay $ 2.4 million in Tuesday's decision to close the lawsuit.
"The emotional toll this senseless attack has taken on the plaintiff is extreme." Federal Judge Michael Said Watson. "It has affected virtually every aspect of the plaintiff's daily life and he deserves compensation for the damage."
But while this federal judge supports protesters' rights and protection, many GOP officials are working to harm protesters by passing laws that put them at risk. Bills granting immunity to drivers whose vehicles hit and injure protesters on public roads have been passed in at least four states, including Florida. Oklahoma, Iowa and most recently Tennessee. These bills are known as anti-riot bills and are aimed at protesters. Rather than holding violent people accountable for their actions, GOP lawmakers believe it is okay to encourage violence in response to protests that are inconsistent with their ideology. Republican officials are passing the bills under the guise of encouraging "peaceful" protests.
studies show 93% of protests against racial justice are completely peaceful with no harm to anyone or property, but that hasn't stopped Republican-led state legislation. In many cases, protesters hit by vehicles have died as a result, but GOP officials do not appear to be bothered.
According to Slate, many of these bills were introduced after white s in 2017Upremacist rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia, but mostly fizzled out. Following the Black Lives Matter protests in 2020, some states reintroduced bills advising that anyone who exercises "due diligence" should be given immunity from beating a protester while driving and accidentally injuring or injuring them Causing deaths.
Drivers beating peaceful protesters are not as uncommon as it may seem. According to Ari Weil, a terrorism researcher with the University of Chicago's Security and Security Project, from May 27 to September 5, 2020 alone, there were at least 104 incidents of people driving vehicles in demonstrators, including 96 threats from civilians and eight from police officers , USA Today reports.
At least 34 states have proposed similar "anti-riot" laws, although the bills don't always include drivers. These bills are unlikely to withstand legal challenges, but the mere suggestion of them sheds light on the reality that GOP officials at any level will bend over to move their agenda forward.