AZ senate approves asset forfeiture for those convicted of planning violent demonstrations

AZ senate approves asset forfeiture for those convicted of planning violent demonstrations
Antifa's handiwork, UC-Berkeley, 1 Feb 2017. (Image: Screen grab of ABC 7 SF video, YouTube)

[Ed. – This one could bite the wrong people in the behind.  But the motive is understandable.  Emphasis in original.]

Arizona protesters beware — keep your demonstrations peaceful or be ready to pay dearly.

In response to claims that people are being paid to riot, the Arizona Senate approved a bill this week that expands the state’s racketeering statutes — directed at organized crime — to include rioting, and provides for asset forfeiture to pay for damages caused by rioting.

Senate Bill 1142 also redefines rioting to include any actions that result in the damage to property belonging to others, according to Arizona Capitol Times. …

But what has many worried about the legislation is its “guilt by association” aspect. The assets of everyone who took part in the demonstration can be seized to pay for damages — whether they contributed to the damage or not.

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