A House Bill will criminalize criminal property damage for using a dangerous weapon during a demonstration or protest that results in damages to private or government property.
House Bill 11-43-10S said that while the Constitution guarantees peaceful protests or assembly as a right, “ recent events in other nations in the United States and Brazil for example, demonstrates the need to protect the general health, welfare, and property, of the community from harm during protests and demonstrations that occur outside of the constitutional limits.”
The bill stated that there is no existing law that addresses such concerns in protecting properties from harm during protests.
The proposed bill calls for a fine of not less than $5000 and imprisonment of not less than a month for the destruction of property during the protest.
The bill also gives the judge the discretion of increasing the fine and imprisonment in the interest of justice.