After the death of George Floyd, major cities across the country erupted in protests, including in the Tampa Bay area. In Tallahassee, the Florida Legislature passed HB1, called the Combating Public Disorder Act and informally called an "anti-riot" law.
On this latest segment of “Justice for All: Beyond the Cut,” we talk with Floridians who are for and against HB1.
Gov. Ron Desantis says it’s about keeping the state safe. Some don’t agree with this notion. Others say the law was needed and now feel more protected from violent protests.
We brought together Democratic state Rep. Fentrice Driskell; Berny Jacques, a Republican and former prosecutor running for state office; Tampa Bay Dream Defenders organizer Ashley Green; and Cliff Gephart, co-founder of Trump-themed coffee shop Conservative Grounds, for an in-depth discussion of HB1.
The hour-long special was hosted at Faded Co. barbershop in Pinellas Park and will air on Spectrum News at 7 p.m. Monday, May 10 with an encore at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 15.
"Justice for All: Beyond the Cut" will air on Spectrum Bay News 9 and on the Spectrum News app, available to all Spectrum residential customers, including internet-only.
“Justice for All: Beyond the Cut” provides a platform and a safe place inside the walls of local barbershops and salons, where we can talk about issues that affect us all as a nation. We host discussions on a number of topics with guest from different ages, backgrounds and professions to address racial disparities and issues head on.