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The public shares reaction to “Back The Blue” Bill

Updated: Jun. 17, 2021 at 10:24 PM CDT
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - Thursday morning Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed into law senate file 342, also known as the Back The Blue Bill which makes rioting a felony offense, increases penalties on a range of other destructive behaviors and establishes qualified immunity.

One local resident in Ottumwa gave his input on the matter saying everyone should follow the law.

“There has to be laws, rules, and regulations. Society has to abide by within reason, you can’t infringe on other people’s rights either way it has to be equal. There has to be law enforcement. There has to be some control over the way people act and do things. They can’t just go around doing whatever they want either.”

He goes on to say individuals have the right to protest as long as rioting isn’t involved.

“As I said it has to be within reason. You cant hurt other people and their property. They don’t deserve immunity if they are violating the law as well. Equality for everybody. People have the right to protest as long as they’re not rioting, causing problems, hurting other people and damaging other people’s property, stuff like that.”

This bill comes after the More Perfect Union Act that was signed around this time last year banning law enforcement from using a chokehold, strengthens requirements for anti-bias and de-escalation training, and prohibits law enforcement fired for serious misconduct from being rehired.

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