Governor signs bill into law protecting drivers who injure or kill protesters while fleeing scene of riot

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt signed a bill granting legal protection to drivers who unintentionally kill a protester with their car while attempting to flee the scene of a riot.

“We are sending a message today in Oklahoma that rioters who threaten law abiding citizens’ safety will not be tolerated. I remain unequivocally committed to protecting every Oklahoman’s First Amendment right to peacefully protest as well as their right to feel safe in their community,” Stitt said after signing the legislation.

The bill, which passed the Senate in a 38-10 vote last week, makes obstructing a public roadway during the course of a protest a misdemeanor punishable by up to
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