Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed the “Back the Blue” bill into law on Thursday, increasing penalties for protest-related crimes.
“We encourage First Amendment rights to protest peacefully, but if you break the law, you’re going to be held accountable,” the governor said, according to KCCI-TV in Des Moines.
Reynolds said those who riot, loot or attack officers “will be punished to the full extent of the law. The public peace is too important, and the safety of our officers too precious, to tolerate destructive behavior.”
“The public peace is too important, and the safety of our officers too precious, to tolerate destructive behavior.”
— Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds speaks in Johnston, Iowa, Sept. 29, 2020. (Associated Press)
The law makes rioting a felony rather than a misdemeanor and increases penalties for blocking streets, according to KCCI.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa is against the bill and critics say it will make people afraid to protest.
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