Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt has signed a new bill that protects drivers who unintentionally hit or kill protesters while attempting to flee a ‘demonstration’. The new bill also makes obstructing a public roadway during a protest a misdemeanor which can be punishable by a fine of $5,000 and up to one year in prison.
“We are sending a message today in Oklahoma that rioters who threaten law abiding citizens’ safety will not be tolerated. I remain unequivocally committed to protecting every Oklahoman’s First Amendment right to peacefully protest as well as their right to feel safe in their community,” – Governor Stitt
The bill was passed in the Oklahoma Senate last week by a vote of 38-10.
Earlier in the day on Wednesday, prior to Governor Stitt signing the bill, proceedings at the Oklahoma House of Representatives were interrupted by a BLM group. The group came in chanting, “Black Lives Matter,” and stood in the second floor galley screaming down at the lawmakers. The group was escorted out of the building and the building was forced to go into lockdown.