Tuesday, April 9, 2013

FL - Sheriff Gordon Smith goes beyond the law by posting signs in offenders yards (Will he be held accountable?)

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Will he be held accountable when an ex-offender or their family/children are harassed or murdered due to these signs? This is what happens (Video) when you do stuff like he is doing. Click the "ShamingSigns" below this post title for all related articles.


By Leslie Coursey

STARKE - "I don't want another victim," Sheriff Gordon Smith (Facebook) says it's that simple.

To alleviate any confusion parents might have about where sexual predators live, he's posting big red signs (SkyDrive, Facebook), bearing the predator's names, in front of their homes.

"If you're selling Girl Scout cookies, if you're selling whatever, you'll know at that door lives a sexual predator," he said.

The sheriff says the idea came from his staff. He said parents kept calling with concerns. And when they looked, he said "We had more sexual predators in our community than all those other counties, comparable to our size, we had more than all them together. So that's an issue."

Florida law states, as Sheriff, he can notify his community about sexual predators any way he sees fit.

"And as I see fit means putting up a sign," he said.

And if the predators have a problem with it, he said, "If they don't like it, they got an option. Leave!"

The Sheriff's Office says the signs cost less than $10 a piece. They'll use inmate labor to post them this week, making the burden on the taxpayer minimal.

The signs will only be posted at the homes of sexual predators, not sex offenders. The difference is that a predator is a either a repeat offender and/or their crimes are violent with a victim under 12.

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unforgiven said...

Thats how the antichrist works! spreads hate.

Loneranger said...

He doesn't want another victim? so he advertises to maybe create one? One would think he really doesn't care if there is another victim or not. One person's safety is of the same value as others. To place someone in harms way to say they are keeping others out of harms way tends to be a bit problematic when it comes to someone being placed at risk for victimization. However if this officer is someone that offends against people his thinking errors justify what he thinks is right. Same as any other criminal.

SOIssues said...

I wonder if he'd think the same was if his own child was on the list?

And if someone gets hurt due to these signs, will he be held accountable?


He is basically placing a bullseye on these peoples lives, and their family and children.

Virginia Hall said...

So when he fails to avoid "another victim", what are the consequences to him? Tarred and feathered and run out of town on a rail? Or a big red sign saying FAILED to PROTECT?