Texas to Crack Down on Protesters Who Block Traffic

A bill that would make it a felony for Texas protesters to block roads and obstruct emergency vehicles heads to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk, Fox News reported.
The GOP governor has already indicated he’ll sign the measure into law.

“I will sign soon,” Abbott tweeted this weekend. “Peaceful protest doesn’t include blocking roadways & preventing emergency vehicle access. That chaos won’t be tolerated in Texas.”

The governor’s tweet came soon after the Texas Senate voted 25-5 to pass a bill that would increase criminal penalties and require jail time for protesters who purposefully obstruct emergency vehicles from passing through a roadway, or block a hospital entrance.

The Texas House passed the bill, 90-55, a few weeks ago, and was a response to last year’s nationwide protests against police brutality over the death of George Floyd in Minnesota. The former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of his murder in April..

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Photo: Protesters block traffic and yell at police in Chicago on April 16, 2021. Thousands of protesters came out to call for police accountability after an officer shot and killed 13 year old Adam Toledo in the Little Village neighbourhood on Chicago's south side. (Photo by Jim Vondruska/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

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