Oklahoma House Passes Bill To Give Immunity To Drivers Who Hit Protesters

Written by on March 10, 2021

The Republican-majority Oklahoma state Home handed a invoice on Wednesday that will grant immunity to drivers who “unintentionally” run over protesters.

In an early morning vote alongside occasion traces, with 79 votes in favor and 18 towards, state lawmakers authorized laws that will take away felony or civil legal responsibility for any driver who “unintentionally” injures or kills somebody whereas “fleeing from a riot,” so long as they’ve a “affordable perception” that fleeing would shield themselves from hurt.  

The invoice would additionally enable protesters to be charged with a misdemeanor in the event that they “unlawfully hinder” visitors, punishable by as much as a 12 months in jail and $5,000 in fines.   

The laws follows widespread protests in Oklahoma and throughout the nation final summer time towards racist police violence. Black Lives Matter protesters have repeatedly been focused by car assaults.

At one such protest in Tulsa, a truck drove by way of Black Lives Matter protesters on a freeway. A number of folks had been significantly injured, in keeping with The Oklahoman, and the county district legal professional didn’t cost the driving force.

Democratic state Rep. Monroe Nichols, who’s Black, instructed his fellow lawmakers that he doesn’t wish to have to inform his 12-year-old son that the Oklahoma Home “made it so that people who might advocate for individuals who appear to be him may be run over with immunity.” 

The invoice now heads over to the Republican-majority state Senate.

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