Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) is cracking down on violence, vandalism, and shoplifting in the name of racial equality.
Banks has introduced the Support Peaceful Protest Act, which gives authorities the power to punish extreme anarchist protesters who repeatedly break the law by stripping them of their unemployment benefits.
“Antifa thugs are descending on suffering communities, disrupting peaceful protests and leaving violence, looting, and vandalism in their wake,” Banks said in a statement. “They turned Milwaukee, Seattle, and Portland into war zones, and now they are moving the chaos to Kenosha, Wisconsin. Who knows which community is next?”
If the Support Peaceful Protest Act is passed the legislation would empower authorities to hold activists, who are convicted of federal offenses during protests, financially liable for the “cost of federal policing, and for other purposes.”
“Due to enhanced federal benefits, taxpayers are giving wages to jobless rioters that are destroying our communities,” Banks said. “We need to cut them off from their funding and make them feel the full financial consequences of their actions.”
Such a measure is hoped to help deter protesters from committing “acts of violence, looting, or vandalism” while, at the same time, reducing the burden on taxpayers by recovering the cost of federal policing from those found guilty of committing serious crimes.
“An individual convicted of a federal offense related to the individual’s conduct at and during the course of a protest, is ineligible for any federal pandemic unemployment compensation under section 2104 of the CARES Act or any other federal supplemental unemployment compensation during the COVID-19 [CCP Virus] public health emergency,” the bill states.
Since the death-in-custody of Minnesotan George Floyd, civil unrest has spread across many parts of the nation. Businesses have been looted and both historical and religious monuments have been viciously vandalized.
Hundreds of activists previously held a rally outside Chicago’s South Loop police station in the early hours of Aug. 10. Supporters were encouraged to break into retail businesses and help themselves to whatever they wanted.
A Twitter post asked Michiganders to show solidarity for those arrested for “protesting another police shooting and taking repatriations from corporations.”
Black Lives Matters organizer Ariel Atkins seemed to have no moral issue with shoplifting valuable brand-name fashion items because the shops have already insured themselves for theft and vandalism, and can simply make a claim to recover their losses.
“I do not care if someone decides to loot a Gucci or a Macy’s or a Nike store, because that makes sure that person eats,” she said, according to Breitbart. “That makes sure that person has clothes … anything they wanted to take, they can take it because these businesses have insurance.”