Group Protests Drug Dealing Resulting In Death Bill

Mar 13, 2018

Dozens of protesters marched to Gov. Eric Holcomb’s office Tuesday to request he veto a bill that would dramatically increase penalties for a drug dealer if a person overdoses and dies.

After hearing speeches, protesters marched to Holcomb’s office to demand he veto House Bill 1359.

Many say it repeats past mistakes, including Hoosier Action’s Jennifer Brooks.

“House Bill 1359 is a classic move out of the old, tired playbook of the War On Drugs,” Brooks says.

Many of the speakers were also concerned about the impact the bill would have on their communities, including American Indian Center of Indiana executive director Carolina Castoreno.

“This is going to have a disproportionately affect on people of color, as every law in our judicial system does,” Castoreno says.

Representatives from the group who were allowed into the governor’s office say he would not speak with them, and would not reconsider signing the bill.