BREAKING: This State Just Introduced Bill To Make It Legal To PLOW DOWN Protesters- Here’s The Details


After an incident last summer during a Black Lives Protest in Memphis, where protesters refused to clear the road and allow an ambulance taking a seriously ill child to the hospital, forcing police to escort the ambulance the wrong way up Interstate 40 in their efforts to get the child the medical assistance they needed, a bill is being proposed.

House Bill 0660 is a newly proposed bill states drivers would get immunity from civil liability if they hit and injured a protester blocking roads.


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The text of the bill is as simple as it comes.
“Tort Liability and Reform – As introduced, provides civil immunity for the driver of an automobile who injures a protester who is blocking traffic in a public right-of-way if the driver was exercising due care. – Amends TCA Title 19; Title 20; Title 29, Chapter 34; Title 54 and Title 55.”


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The bill said the act shall take effect July 1, 2017, the public welfare requiring it.


The Bill is being sponsored by Tennessee Representative Matthew Hill, R-Jonesborough, and Senator Bill Ketron, R-Murfreesboro. The bill would only come into play if the person driving the vehicle was exercising due care and struck the protester blocking traffic in the public, right-of-way. The bill provides no legal protections for a driver that willingly strikes a protester down, without exercising due care under the law.

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Of course, lawmakers are already arguing exactly what is meant by “due care.” Critics of the bill claim they fear it will give drivers a license to “mow down” protesters.  The bill does not elaborate further on the interpretation of due care but Raybin said it should be left up to the courts. We all know that means the definition of “due care” will be dependent upon how good or expensive your attorney is and the preferences of the judge presiding over the matter at hand.

Tennessee Senator Jeff Yarbro (D) states, “People have been protesting their government as the highest form of patriotism for over 200 years. It’s disturbing that people in this Legislator think that we should give people the right to hurt them without facing any consequences.”

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Tennessee is a relatively conservative state but with liberal havens in Nashville and Memphis.  In those areas, the bill is meeting resistance claiming support for the Black Lives Matter movement and anti-President Trump protests.  While protesting is a first amendment right, there are laws that govern how it must be done.  There is a vast difference between a peaceful protest and a riot.

It is already an offense to obstruct highways and streets to the public in the state of Tennessee.  It seems that these Democrats forget that the rights of protesters end when they infringe upon the rights of others.  Refusing to allow others to freely travel on the roadways or to get the medical care they need infringes upon the rights of others.


Sidney Bennett of Progressive Democrats of America was interviewed by local News Channel 5

I think it makes me sad, it’s like we’re going backwards and we have real problems in this state. This is not a good use of my tax money to pay for these people to talk about running over protesters.”

In response, Representative Hill released a statement –

 “We are not endorsing anyone running over a person with a car, whether it is protesters or anyone else. If someone intentionally harms a person, they are going to be charged with a crime, period. There is a clear difference, however, between peacefully protesting and lawless rioters in the middle of a public roadway who jeopardize the safety of our families. This is a public safety bill that is meant to protect everyone’s right to peacefully protest and I look forward to seeing this commonsense legislation passed into law.”
Senator Ketron also released a statement –
We believe that citizens have the right to protest. There is a procedure for peaceful protests and the purpose of that process is to protect the safety of our citizens. Protesters have no right to be in the middle of the road or our highways for their own safety and the safety of the traveling public.”

h/t – the Tennessean

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