Wednesday, June 5, 2013

FL - Community split on sexual predator signs

Sheriff Gordon Smith
Original Article

This is what happens when you give someone an open book to do whatever they wish, or too much power, they abuse it.

06/04/2013

Red signs in Bradford County mark homes of sexual predators

BRADFORD COUNTY - The Bradford County Sheriff's Office is turning heads with the signs they are putting up to warn their community about sexual predators. The Sheriff's Office is putting large red and white signs up at the homes of convicted sexual predators.

"I prefer not to do this, people just need to leave people alone," one Bradford County neighbor told Channel 4. "That right there puts it out there for perspective, for people to make their own assumptions. If you assume, that's never good."

Sheriff Gordon Smith told Channel 4 over the phone Tuesday night that he felt compelled to put signs up after a mother complained to him last year that she didn't know a predator was living in her neighborhood.

Bradford County Sheriff's Captain Brad Smith spoke with Channel 4 on camera Tuesday, saying the Sherriff's efforts have good intentions. "His effort is to prevent another child from ever being another victim an he's doing whatever he can to make sure of that," said Smith.
- So what about the children and families of the ex-offenders you are shaming by doing this?

David Holland agrees with the effort and says the signs are necessary. "I have a 6-year-old granddaughter and there's a lot of this going on in our country, and we need to know who is and who is not," said Holland.
- So we should put up "MURDER," "GANG MEMBER," "DRUG DEALER/USER" signs for all other ex-felons, children are victimized by other felons as well!

Opponents to the signs fear possible retaliation from the people in the community. "I think he really believes that this is going to raise awareness, but I really think it's misguided," said Florida Action Committee's Gail Colletta.

Since April the Bradford County Sheriff's Office has put up 18 signs in front of sexual predator's homes, stating that the Florida statue allows them to alert the community of sexual predators by any means necessary.

"We feel, in Bradford County, that this is necessary," said Smith. "We have not had a single incident at this point where any of these predators have been marked by any type of vigilante. We will protect them with the law, but we will also protect our children."

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6 comments :

tom said...

I wonder just how he is going to protect them under the law as well. How is this MORON going to protect the 18 homes he has MARKED? I really hate to say this but I have to. I really hope that all the sex offenders in them homes get hit and hard with the vigilantes! I really think it is going to take a MASSIVE amount of KILLING before we will see any change in any LAW! And BTW. This is NOT PART OF ANY SEX OFFENDER LAW!!!! I would sue!

none said...

any proof of this

"We
feel, in Bradford County, that this is necessary," said Smith. "We have
not had a single incident at this point where any of these predators
have been marked by any type of vigilante. We will protect them with the
law, but we will also protect our children."

Michael said...

So what happens if someone comes by afterward and removes the signs? If I lived in that region I would remove every one of them during the night.

Sex Offender Issues said...

You could possibly be arrested and charged with destroying public property.

Michael said...

They would have to catch me first.

Daver said...

And what will this IDIOT say when one of the offenders kids is hurt or killed!