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Oklahoma law protects drivers who injure protesters while 'fleeing from a riot'

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Posted at 10:09 AM, Apr 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-23 13:20:01-04

A new law in Oklahoma will grant immunity to drivers who accidentally injure or kill protesters if they're driving to "flee from a riot."

Critics say the GOP-backed bill is aimed at cracking down on protests.

A state representative who sponsored the bill says he supports peaceful protests, but the law is meant to prevent demonstrators from spilling onto streets, blocking traffic and causing property damage.