Missouri Senator Proposes to Let Drivers Use Deadly Force Against some Protesters

The Missouri Legislature is being asked to charge protesters with a felony if they interfere with traffic on a public road.

State Senator Rick Brattin, R-Harrisonville, wants to make it a Class E felony for any protester who interferes with or blocks a public road. Drivers would not be held liable for injuring the demonstrators who block traffic. A provision in the bill says the driver is still liable if they are found to be using gross negligence or not exercising due care.

Also under his bill in a separate provision, deadly force could be used against protesters who unlawfully enters or attempt to enter private property, such as a residence or a business.

Brattin, a Republican from western Missouri’s Harrisonville, says blocking traffic can be dangerous if it stops ambulances or police from responding to emergencies.