One positive responseA bill that would make attacks on the homeless a separate crime has been introduced by state representatives Ari Porth (D-Coral Springs) and Priscilla Taylor (D-Riviera Beach).
A person who commits aggravated battery or assault upon a homeless person -- regardless of whether he knows the victim is homeless -- would face: a minimum of three years in jail; a maximum fine of $10,000; restitution to the victim; and up to 500 hours of community service.
In addition, when the victim is homeless, the seriousness of the crime would be heightened. For example, aggravated battery, normally a second-degree felony, would be a first-degree felony.
Read the bill here.