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Ohio Senate bill would make rioters pay for damages

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Sen. Tim Schaffer

COLUMBUS – State Sen. Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) recently introduced Senate Bill 267, which will hold rioters accountable for their actions and force them to fix or pay for damage they cause while breaking the law.
 
“This legislation is pretty cut and dry. You break it, you fix it,” Schaffer said.
 
“Over the past several years, we have seen how violence has taken a toll on communities and the damage riots and violent protests have caused," Schaffer said. "We need to hold accountable those who act to harm or damage property, and ensure that they are the ones paying for these actions--not the local taxpayers and businesses.”

Additionally, Senate Bill 267 will prohibit government officials from interfering with a law enforcement officer’s sworn oath to protect the public.  The bill includes language that prohibits any government official from limiting or restricting the authority of officers to take action to quell, arrest, or detain individuals involved in a riot or vandalism.
 
“Effective law enforcement is a hallmark of a modern and civilized society,” Schaffer said. “We need to do all we can to empower our law enforcement officers so that they can fulfill their sworn duty, and we are fortunate that they want to serve."
 
Senate Bill 267 now awaits committee referral for further consideration.

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