Florida bill seeks to prevent hindering police


With bills starting to be filed for the 2022 legislative session, a House proposal is aimed at preventing people from hindering law enforcement officers as they carry out their duties.

The bill (HB 11), filed Monday by Rep. Alex Rizo, R-Hialeah, could lead to second-degree misdemeanor charges for violators.

MORE: HB 11: Impeding, Provoking, or Harassing Law Enforcement Officers

It would apply in circumstances in which law-enforcement officers warn people not to approach the officers.

People could be charged if they seek to interrupt, “disrupt, hinder, impede, or interfere” with the officers performing their duties, provoke physical responses from the officers or harass the officers.

The 2022 session will start Jan. 11.

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