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Acts Of 'Social And Domestic Anarchy' Could Get 20 Years Under This Bill

May riots caused losses of $2.4 million in sponsor's district

Republican state Rep. Lynn Afendoulis has introduced a bill that would criminalize “social and domestic anarchy,” with violators subject to up to 20 years in prison and $250,000 in fines. House Bill 5900 has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Macomb county Republican Graham Filler.

Under the bill, the offense would apply to acts "intended to intimidate or coerce a civilian population or influence or affect the conduct of government ... through intimidation or coercion."

Afendoulis is from Grand Rapids, where riots in May over the death of George Floyd while in police custody caused an estimated $2.4 million in property damage.

On June 30, the Grand Rapids police stated they had arrested and charged 14 people in connection with the riots and were looking for more than 60 others.

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