RALEIGH, N.C. (WBTV/AP) – Governor Roy Cooper has vetoed a bill that was aimed at increasing penalties for rioting and civil disorder in North Carolina.
Governor Cooper made the following statement on House Bill 805:
“People who commit crimes during riots and at other times should be prosecuted and our laws provide for that, but this legislation is unnecessary and is intended to intimidate and deter people from exercising their constitutional rights to peacefully protest,” Gov. Cooper said.
Cooper had previously expressed concerns about House Bill 805: Prevent Rioting and Civil Disorder, pushed by Republicans seeking to deter future