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Bryan Preston


May 2, 2013 - 8:45 am

Did you hear the one about the sheriff who wants to turn his county into a police state? He just got handed a million dollar grant to make it happen.

Florida House and Senate budget leaders have awarded Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw $1 million for a new violence prevention unit aimed at preventing tragedies like those in Newtown, Conn., and Aurora, Colo., from occurring on his turf.

Bradshaw plans to use the extra $1 million to launch “prevention intervention” units featuring specially trained deputies, mental health professionals and caseworkers. The teams will respond to citizen phone calls to a 24-hour hotline with a knock on the door and a referral to services, if needed.

“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.”

Actually the standard reaction to a mass killing is “But he was so quiet! Such a nice guy!”

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?’ ”

Yeah, this will never end badly. Especially with, on the one hand, police arming up more and more like paramilitaries, and on the other hand, leftists out there SWATing people they don’t like.


Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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If your mommy is a nutty, than you gotta turn her in.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
As a Floridian, I would like to point at that it was the idiots in Palm Beach County who couldn't figure out a simple ballot back in 2000. What could possibly go wrong?

Is there anything creepier than being asked to report on your neighbors to the authorities? Perhaps the sherriff can pass out brown shirts to the citizens emblazened with the words "I'm Gladys Kravitz and I approve of this police action."
1 year ago
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"Is there anything creepier than being asked to report on your neighbors to the authorities?"

It was absolutely standard for neighbors to rat on neighbors in both the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany. In fact, most arrests of citizens by the Gestapo were not the result of their own investigations but of denunciations from their neighbors, usually over some petty matter. Denunciations were common and devastating in the Soviet Union too. Many a Soviet citizen found him or herself in the clutches of the secret police after an ill-considered word between neighbors.

Cuba continues to use this same technique, in the form of Committees for the Defense of the Revolution which have chapters all over the place, including every apartment building.
1 year ago
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In the early days of the ObamaCare fight the White House set up a website encouraging people to report anything "fishy" they had heard from their families, neighbors or co-workers to the government. There was such a backlash that the site quickly came down. However, turning neighbor against neighbor and co-worker against co-worker seems to be a prized tactic of fascist and wannabe fascist governments. It saddens me that this is happenning here in Florida with the aid of our Republican led senate and house representatives. Something about "absolute power corrupting absolutely"???
1 year ago
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“What does it hurt to have somebody knock on a door and ask, ‘Hey, is everything OK?’ ”

And of course if the person answering the door tells the cops to go F-off, why the police will politely leave. Sure. I'll believe that one.

This is going to lead to neighbor vendetta's getting someone injured.
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