Skip to comments.Sheriff's plan to urge people to report suspicious behavior unleashes storm of criticism
Posted on 05/18/2013 7:06:20 AM PDT by Rennes Templar
A program in Palm Beach County intended to encourage residents to report suspicious behavior is attracting resistance from around the state.
Under the proposed "Violence Prevention Program," anyone who sees a potentially dangerous situation a schizophrenic person with weapons, a war veteran making threats to passersby could call a 24-hour hotline. Legitimate-sounding calls would trigger a visit by specially trained deputies in plain clothes or by mental health professionals.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff says violence prevention unit could thwart would-be killers like the recent mass shooters in Connecticut and Colorado. The program will cost $3.2 million in the first year. The Florida Legislature agreed to pay $1 million of it.
Despite Sheriff Ric Bradshaw's ostensibly good-willed intent, the plan has been compared to Big Brother, the KGB, Castro's Cuba...
Conservative bloggers around the country are condemning this as a First Amendment violation. They say the government of Palm Beach County is trying to encourage residents to tell on their neighbors for anti-government speech. Email messages have spilled into Gov. Rick Scott's inbox, where hundreds of Florida residents urged him to line-item veto the state funding for the program.
In the article, Bradshaw said, "We want people to call us if the guy down the street says he hates the government, hates the mayor and he's gonna shoot him. What does it hurt to have somebody knock on a door and ask, 'Hey, is everything OK?'"
Dmitry Levin, of Boca Raton, grew up in the Soviet Union, where he said the government encouraged neighbors to "snitch on everybody."
"It's a specific telephone line to report your neighbor who doesn't like the government," Levin said. "When I read that, my jaw dropped. That's KGB in its finest form. The next step would be, what, bonuses for reporting?"
(Excerpt) Read more at sun-sentinel.com ...
What does it hurt to have somebody knock on a door and ask, ‘Hey, is everything OK?’”
What could possibly go wrong. Hide your dog!!!!
We vets are really what is wrong with this country!!!sarc/on
But if a caller describes a demographic that is associated with the majority of violent crime, don't expect any response at all.
Janet Napoleonitonoh thinks so
spot on. leave the aspiring rap artist turning his life around alone.
Not sure how I come down on this one.... On one hand, I get that the government it intrusive and that this service could be abused... On the other hand, there are plenty of examples where had the alarm been sounded, a tragedy “may” have been avoided.
I don’t think I have a problem with it.
Check back with me after noon, Friday night should be worn off by then.
Any good Freeper hangover remedies out there??
They might have had a better response if they said to report Muslims carrying pressure cookers.
No cures but love your tagline.
The sheriff overlooked "Here are your Starbucks and Apple iTunes gift cards, Good Citizen. Thanks for the tip."
Knock on door?
Yeah, a BIG one that knocks it down.
The suspicious behavior noways is the Government
Maybe we could have ‘suggestions’ that two men who look like the might be gay - might ‘do it’ in a public bathroom - be turned in... Or how about a bunch of ‘Occupy’ brats? They could be planning on using drugs - let’s stick the police on them... You know, two can play these games...
People already report suspicious behavior but this sheriff is trying to redefine that to include anything perceived as a threat or criticism of government. He obviously expects a lot more calls with this expanded definition which is why he needs more money.
Have another beer for that hangover. It always worked for me when I was younger.
There is nothing to stop anyone calling right now about someone who is acting threatening .
Never has been.
The difference is setting up a program designed to encourage reporting people who are critical of the government.
1.- No tipsters regarding the Religion of Peace need call.
2.- No Tipsters regarding black uprisings need call.
Someone please tell me how "legitimate-sounding" actually translates to legal definitions of actual infractions of established law?
Further, will the "trained deputies in 'plain' clothes" announce to this 'deluded killer veteran' they are actually LEOs?? Will these "mental health officials" be actual government, or will they be just local hacks there Johnny-on-the spot to hand out that instant diagnosis of schizophrenia?
If I saw three of these people on my doorstep, the shotgun would be 'just out of sight' at the ready.
I’ve heard that Palm Beach has 1 cop for every 8 citizens. Talk about too much $$$ in LE hands.
If wifey sees me cracking a Stella at 10:30 there would be some “splaining”
to do... Better to suffer in silence.
Ignoring the slam against "war veterans" for a moment, just how would any of these situations be dealt with now? Would the PBSO just not respond at all? Seems to me just a different way to soak the taxpayers out of more money for something they should already be doing.
You’ve been reported WomBom. Impaired judgment FReeper probably has guns and hates government.
Just start drinking again!
you need to get your head right.
Guilty as charged... But don’t tell anyone
Now go crack open that Stella and clean your weapons on the front step.
Yep, just like the IRS is doing. Go after anyone that speaks their mind.
“...a war veteran making threats to passersby...”
After I came back from Vietnam, it seems that on every “cop” show on TV, the bad guy was a “deranged Vietnam vet”.....
I didn’t like that line, and I hear you guys loud and clear.
I am like minded
I didn’t like that line, and I hear you guys loud and clear.
I am like minded
Does Stella make you “fat thumbed”?
Lol sorry for the double posting
I remember that too. That is when I quit watching TV. I was USAF 72-76 and did not go to Nam but I was constantly astonished at how Vets and Active dut like me, were treated by too much of the general civilian population. Just wearing the uniform during the early 70’s subjected you to taunts and stares. It was and is still shameful how Vets were and are treated. The left has done everything they can to demonize those who serve today and Vets of recent conflicts. Spit on a democrat not a Vet.
A cold beer and a grubbing bacon cheeseburger usually does the trick for me. A fried egg on top is required, though.
Went with another coffee instead..... She doesn’t suspect a thing.
I have to stop watching the old John Wayne movies into the wee hours.
Trying to imagine the world being the same as it was with a movie and a beer...
I know what you mean. I miss The Duke.
Last night’s showing was In Harm’s Way
I have my kids hooked on the westerns
The Sons of Katie Elder... No finer movie ever made
One thing to consider is that the sheriff is LOCAL and subject to local. When the FED GOVT does this it is another story.
Closing in, right?
Sheriff Ric Bradshaw’s view is alarming. I don’t like this stance he’s promoting. He seems to get away with so much. It’s almost like shoot first then ask questions some people say here in Florida. I don’t even like entering his city. You feel like you are being watched even before his views and program ideas were publicly known. He deserves criticism. Imo.
No one with a slave mentality has a problem with it.
SOKE is good, but I’ve always been partial to The Searchers. Great flick.
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