Florida State Representative Brad Drake filed a bill Tuesday that would do away with lethal injection as a method of execution. Before abolitionists rejoice though, there’s more. Inmates facing death in Florida would be allowed to choose between electrocution or death by firing squad.
Drake, R-Eucheeanna, said in a press release Tuesday night that the bill was inspired by the debate over the new drug being used in lethal injections. Leading up to the state’s execution of Manuel Valle last month, a group of doctors, legal experts and European drug makers were petitioning Gov. Rick Scott to enforce a stay, due to the use of pentobarbital in the three-drug cocktail used in injections.
According to this article in the NWF Daily News, Drake’s release said:
“So, I say let’s end the debate,” he said. “We still have Old Sparky. And if that doesn’t suit the criminal, then we will provide them a .45 caliber lead cocktail instead.”
“I am sick and tired of this sensitivity movement for criminals,” Drake said. “Every time there is a warranted execution that is about to take place, some man or woman is standing on a corner holding a sign, yelling and screaming for humane treatment.
“I have no desire to humanely respect those that are inhumane,” he said in the release.