(KSTP) With protests breaking out worldwide Friday, including in Minnesota, State Representative Nick Zerwas (R-Elk River) wants to pass a law that would allow cities to go after protestors should they be convicted of crimes like trespassing or unlawful assembly.
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"If you try to shut down the Mall of America," Zerwas said, "a taxpayer from Bloomington shouldn't have to pay because you want to break the law."
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Zerwas said the legislation is in response to the mall shutdown, protesters blocking I-94, and occupying the 4th Precinct police station in Minneapolis. He points out the bill wouldn't make anything illegal that isn't already against the law.