Arizona Senate votes to seize assets of those who plan, participate in protests that turn violent

On Wednesday the Arizona Senate passed SB 1142. The bill would allow the state to seize the assets of demonstrators who attend protests that turn violent.

From Arizona Capitol Times:

But the real heart of the legislation is what Democrats say is the guilt by association — and giving the government the right to criminally prosecute and seize the assets of everyone who planned a protest and everyone who participated. And what’s worse, said Sen. Steve Farley, D-Tucson, is that the person who may have broken a window, triggering the claim there was a riot, might actually not be a member of the group but someone from the other side.

Sen. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, said that chilling effect is aimed at a very specific group of protesters. “You now have a situation where you have full-time, almost professional agent-provocateurs that attempt to create public disorder," he said. “A lot of them are ideologues, some of them are anarchists," Kavanagh continued. “But this stuff is all planned."

What's to stop the state or someone else from hiring agents provocateurs to damage property, thereby giving the state an excuse to strip peaceful protestors of their homes and assets?

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  1. And there you have it. IS your constitution strong enough to withstand the assaults of those who hate it?

  2. kpkpkp says:

    Suggested Optimization:
    Undercover officers sent as agent provocateurs, having succeeded, shall seize assets of peaceful participants, random passersby, one another, etc.

  3. "No person shall be...deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation."

    "nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."

    Dear Republican legislator-assholes,

    You pick the orifice, the Constitution will provide the material, and we'll provide the shoving action.

    Fuck You

  4. john_c says:

    What a strange law. Civil forfeiture is starting to be reformed in some of the states (even abolished in New Mexico), but Arizona is one of the states where they just consider it a great way to get around the Constitution!

    If I understand this correctly, they imagine that all the protesters have fat savings accounts, which if they seize, then they won't be able to protest anymore, because they'll have to go get a job. What's next, forced labor camps?

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