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Sheriff's plan to urge people to report suspicious behavior unleashes storm of criticism
Sun Sentinel ^ | May 17, 2013 | Ben Wolford

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.

~snip~

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?'"

~snip~

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 ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Colorado; US: Connecticut; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: agenda21; bigbrother; colorado; connecticut; florida; sheriffs
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"There will be no cash rewards for calling, a sheriff's office spokeswoman confirmed."
1 posted on 05/18/2013 7:06:20 AM PDT by Rennes Templar
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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!!!!


2 posted on 05/18/2013 7:10:30 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (I voted Republican, no Conservative was on the ballot. 969 yall.)
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I guess they'll kick in every door, from every crank call, and kill every doggy too.
Sorry about your Grandma, but someone said she was anti Government, so, here's a Cert
for a free cremation.
3 posted on 05/18/2013 7:10:44 AM PDT by MaxMax (Conservatism needs a re-awakening plan for the American public)
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a war veteran making threats to passersby

We vets are really what is wrong with this country!!!sarc/on

4 posted on 05/18/2013 7:11:42 AM PDT by ontap
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"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. "

But if a caller describes a demographic that is associated with the majority of violent crime, don't expect any response at all.

5 posted on 05/18/2013 7:12:38 AM PDT by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: ontap

Janet Napoleonitonoh thinks so


6 posted on 05/18/2013 7:13:42 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (I voted Republican, no Conservative was on the ballot. 969 yall.)
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To: Sooth2222

spot on. leave the aspiring rap artist turning his life around alone.


7 posted on 05/18/2013 7:14:58 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (I voted Republican, no Conservative was on the ballot. 969 yall.)
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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??


8 posted on 05/18/2013 7:15:14 AM PDT by WomBom ("I read Free Republic for the pictures")
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To: Rennes Templar
Looks like the Sheriff is looking to start a new career in the IRS


9 posted on 05/18/2013 7:16:45 AM PDT by darkwing104 (Let's get dangerous)
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To: ontap

They might have had a better response if they said to report Muslims carrying pressure cookers.


10 posted on 05/18/2013 7:18:32 AM PDT by Rennes Templar (The true Obama persona is emerging, the one from his first Presidential debate.)
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Vote Fascist photo VoteFascsist_zps2e456e0a.jpgFabulous prizes photo Beaninformant_zpsa8a62eb5.jpg
11 posted on 05/18/2013 7:18:58 AM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of opression, and the democrats gleefully use them!)
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To: WomBom

No cures but love your tagline.


12 posted on 05/18/2013 7:19:54 AM PDT by Rennes Templar (The true Obama persona is emerging, the one from his first Presidential debate.)
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To: ontap
We vets are really what is wrong with this country!!!sarc/on

Sen. Feinstein Says All Our Veterans Are Mentally Ill And Can’t Own Guns

13 posted on 05/18/2013 7:21:48 AM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of opression, and the democrats gleefully use them!)
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...no cash rewards for calling

The sheriff overlooked "Here are your Starbucks and Apple iTunes gift cards, Good Citizen. Thanks for the tip."

14 posted on 05/18/2013 7:22:36 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Conspiracy Guy

Knock on door?
Yeah, a BIG one that knocks it down.


15 posted on 05/18/2013 7:23:42 AM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's agenda¬óDivide and conquer seems to be working.)
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To: Rennes Templar

The suspicious behavior noways is the Government


16 posted on 05/18/2013 7:26:05 AM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: Rennes Templar

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...


17 posted on 05/18/2013 7:26:24 AM PDT by GOPJ (Conservatives were Obama's victims, but unlike the press we were aware of it.)
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To: WomBom

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.


18 posted on 05/18/2013 7:26:52 AM PDT by trubolotta
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To: WomBom

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.


19 posted on 05/18/2013 7:27:25 AM PDT by hoosierham (Freedom isn't free)
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To: Rennes Templar

1.- No tipsters regarding the Religion of Peace need call.

2.- No Tipsters regarding black uprisings need call.


20 posted on 05/18/2013 7:27:42 AM PDT by Minutemen ("It's a Religion of Peace")
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