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Sheriff Wants Residents To Report Any Neighbor Who 'Says He Hates the Government'

Bradshaw is readying a hotline and is planning public service announcements to encourage local citizens to report their neighbors, friends or family members if they fear they could harm themselves or others.

The goal won’t be to arrest troubled people but to get them help before there’s violence, Bradshaw said. As a side benefit, law enforcement will have needed information to keep a close eye on things.

“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,” Bradshaw said. “What does it hurt to have somebody knock on a door and ask, ‘Hey, is everything OK?’ ”

That’s enough for Senate budget chief Joe Negron, R-Stuart, who helped push through the funding last weekend.

He said he met with Bradshaw about the program and “got assurances from the sheriff that this is going to be done in a way that respects people’s autonomy and privacy, and that he makes sure to protect against people making false claims.”

(H/T Mensan)

Source: Palm Beach Post. Read full article. (link)

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  • Sevo||

    ME! ME! Report ME!

  • ||

    Florida. Everything retarded happens in Florida.

  • Sevo||

    Hey! I live in CA! I claim top place for retarded politicos!

  • Jesus H. Christ||

    CA is the Dumbest Place on Earth, the very nexus of human stupidity.

  • gaijin||

    The people of Illinois respectfully disagree.

  • Austrian Anarchy||

    Can we move TVA there? Sounds like you need another big giant government program to fix the flooding caused by your other government programs.

  • ||

    I'm glad I didn't go on a tirade in front of a bunch of Postal workers while I was at work and someone commented that my shirt was patriotic. I said "No. It's not" and got really uncomfortable looks from some of them.

  • Ray||

    We have to know: what was the quasi-patriotic shirt?

  • db||

    You work for the postal service? I have a friend who works in a bulk distribution center. He tells great stories about the weird shit people try to mail each other in flimsy packages that break and spill all manner of weirdness about.

  • Seamus||

    Please let the sheriff know that I hate the government too.

  • Sevo||

    Stand in line, Seamus!

  • RandomJackass||

    What if you didn't hate the government, but just hated this sheriff? Would "Bradshaw's an asshole" merit a knock on the door, just as a courtesy? It could work just like saying "Beetlejuice" 3 times - you speak, and he appears.

  • L13||

    Gonna be a LONG line!

  • Night Elf Mohawk||

    “What does it hurt to have somebody knock on a door and ask, ‘Hey, is everything OK?’ ”

    Do you have a warrant? No? Get off my property.

  • RandomJackass||

    And thus a new form of SWATing is born. Lovely.

  • Austrian Anarchy||

    ^^This^^

  • Ted Levy||

    Damn! Falling behind Ethiopia again!

  • buybuydandavis||

    Government agents show up at your home in uniform with guns to ask "If everything is ok", because they've encouraged citizens to inform on their neighbors if they show anti government attitudes, and guess what? Someone ratted on you!

    I'm sure that such loving treatment from the government will warm a lot of hearts, much like how Janet Reno warmed a lot of hearts in Waco.

    Is the guy a statist thug bent on harassing the kulaks, or is he really that much of a moron?

  • JeremyR||

    Gee, nothing could go wrong by sending government employees, probably armed, to houses of people who hate the government, and are probably armed.

  • L13||

    "“Every single incident, whether it’s Newtown, that movie theater, or the guy who spouts off at work and then goes home and kills his wife and two kids — in every single case, there were people who said they knew ahead of time that there was a problem,” Bradshaw said. “If the neighbor of the mom in Newtown had called somebody, this might have saved 25 kids’ lives.”" Uh, no, actually not... maybe in the case of Newtown, but the rest, the comment is always "he was so quiet, and just kept to himself". So, Sheriff Bradshaw, your bill only further tramples on Liberty, aside from that, it probably accomplishes nothing except to raise the tax burden to man the silly hotline.

  • UnCivilServant||

    So let me get this right Sheriff - your plan to 'cure' people who are currently upset with the way authority is doing things and muttering empty threats why almost certainly won't act on, is to come at them in their homes and turn a general complaint into a personal one? If every person who made the idle comment of "we should kill politician X" were to take one shot at them, the political class would be seiged within their homes under an unceasing hail of gunfire. These people are venting. The best approach is to do nothing. If you do nothing, they will do nothing and eventually move on to something else.

  • Austrian Anarchy||

    It is in Palm Beach County, FL. Isn't that where Rush Limbaugh lives? I wonder if there is a connection. Another wonder is which is bigger, the number of times Limbaugh issues violent threats against politicians (0 as far as I know) or the number of violent threats issued against him (something more than 0, just a guess)?

  • AlgerHiss||

    It's one thing when some jackwad police "chief" talks this way. They are a dime a dozen.

    But when an elected sheriff spouts this garbage, we have truly entered dangerous territory.

  • Austrian Anarchy||

    That sheriff gets around. Every comment at the Palm Beach Courier article already has a "report" button.

  • db||

    "We're going to get you help" in this context sounds a lot like "you will report to re-education, Comrade." It basically has no hope of "rehabilitating" someone who fears and/or hates the government. I mean, what are they going to do? Show them Schoolhouse Rock videos and force them to read the Federal Reserve comic books?

  • Rhywun||

    If only the government actually worked the way it did in Schoolhouse Rock.

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