The Oklahoma House of Representatives was about to proceed on with a debate over a slew of bills relating to public demonstrations when a significant group of BLM protesters broke in the chamber and postponed the process on Wednesday, April 21. They successfully interrupted the session, reviewed Breitbart.
The marchers invaded the House Gallery on the fifth floor, chanting from the top ‘no justice no peace’ and ‘black lives matter’ with the lawmakers below. Following the event, chambers of Oklahoma House and Senates were closed to restore order.
On that day, Gov. Kevin Stitt sign into law HB 1643 and HB 1674, both are the targets of the demonstrators.
The first bill prevents filming police while on duty, protecting their personal information, including name tag, family members, and home address, from being published online and used to harass, threaten, or stalk them, Koco detailed. The legislation faces some flashbacks when some critics believe people would not dare to record police behavior for fear of criminal charges.
“This bill is not stopping anyone from posting that video. Where the line that we are drawing is that if you are going to use that video to dox someone on a personal matter, that’s where we have to draw a line,” Bullard said.
Meanwhile, according to Fox News, the second bill makes it illegal for demonstrators to obstruct traffic while engaging in a riot. Additionally, drivers who may accidentally injure or hit a participator in said circumstances are also exempted from prosecution or lawsuits.
“This is an important protection for citizens who are just trying to get out of a bad situation,” said Republican state Rep. Kevin West. “When fleeing an unlawful riot, they should not face threat of prosecution for trying to protect themselves, their families or their property,” he added on the purpose of the legislation.
“You cannot just run somebody over and it be okay because your justification is you felt you were threatened,” argued Adriana Laws, the president and founder of the Collegiate Freedom and Justice Coalition who led the demonstrators on Wednesday. “I feel threatened everyday as a black woman in society,” she added.
Additionally, the demonstrators also targetted the Senate Bill 2 legislation, which prohibits transgender people of the male biological sex from participating in sports competitions for females; it was signed into law a day prior.
— Dillon Richards (@KOCODillon) April 21, 2021