BREAKING: Ron DeSantis Signs Law Penalizing Officials Who Support "Defund The Police," Gives All Police $1,000 Bonuses

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Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis declared his administration would award $1,000 bonuses to all of the state's 174,000 first responders, which include police officers, doctors, emergency medical technicians, and firefighters. The funding will be given out by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO).

The DEO has been authorized almost $208 million for emergency responders across the state, including 49,405 sworn law enforcement officers, 40,732 EMTs, 35,811 firefighters, and 33,185 paramedics in Florida.

The authorization follows the Governor's proposal for the bonuses in March, with the bonuses outlined in the state budget for 2021-22. Although the budget has not yet been approved, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity is already preparing to immediately launch this bonus program, thus accelerating distribution.

DeSantis' announcement comes as activists proceed to beat the drum for police defunding in the aftermath of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin's murder conviction.

But DeSantis isn't deterred. "Some want to defund the police. We're funding the police and then some," He said in a statement

Few Republican lawmakers are willing to strongly support police officers and formally thank them for their efforts. But DeSantis has flipped the script.

DeSantis has also advanced a conservative agenda, including new anti-riot legislation that raises fines for offenses performed in civil unrest, legal protections for commuters forced to travel through a riot, and withholding state financial assistance from any municipality that advocates for the defunding of police.

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