During the summer of 2020, Little Rock was the location of protests both peaceful and otherwise.
In one instance, I-630 was occupied. Later on, the Capitol grounds was the location and a police officer was injured. On another day of protesting, things became riotous as the Arkansas Pharmacists Association was burned.
In response to these events, Rep. Karilyn Brown (Sherwood) introduced HB 1508 that increases criminal penalties on rioters and makes aggravated assault on a first responder a Class C felony, among other things.
Rioting would carry minimum penalties of 30-45 days of imprisonment and restitution for damage.
We thank Rep. Brown for protecting our state's first responders from riotous violence and look forward to seeing HB 1508 clear the General Assembly and become law soon.