Bring Out Your Reds, Bring Out Your Reds: Florida Sheriff Invites Neighbors To Turn In People Who “Hate The Government”

Home_Bradshaw140px-Palm_Beach_County_Sheriff_OfficePalm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw has reached $1 million for a new violence prevention unit and has used it to call on neighbors to inform the police if any neighbors have been saying hostile things about the government.  “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?’ ” I have no problem with calling police if someone says that they are going to shoot someone. However, expressing hate for the mayor or government is a core part of free speech and the visit by the police can be viewed as having an obvious chilling effect on speech. He wants $3 million to expand the program.


The launching of the hotline suggested that neighbors should report anti-government neighbors. The hotline is designed to have police knock on doors of any citizen viewed as anti-government and potentially violent. Bradshaw insists that “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. If the neighbor of the mom in Newtown had called somebody, this might have saved 25 kids’ lives.”

That may be true but there are millions of people who express a hatred for the government or their local mayor. There are also millions of neighbors who have problems with other neighbors over local issues or political views or religious affiliation. The hotline is viewed by civil libertarians of encouraging neighborhood monitoring and databases identifying “problem” citizens.

What do you think?

73 thoughts on “Bring Out Your Reds, Bring Out Your Reds: Florida Sheriff Invites Neighbors To Turn In People Who “Hate The Government””

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  2. lets all be good commies and drop a dime on our neighbors. have a good day comrades. Hail Obama, king of Amerika!

  3. http://blogs.browardpalmbeach.com/pulp/2013/05/sheriff_ric_bradshaw_report_yo.php

    Sheriff Ric Bradshaw: Report Your Neighbor to Police If He Says He Hates the Government

    Mon., May 6 2013 at 10:43 AM

    “The most chilling comment we saw on the Bradshaw plan came from West Palm Beach attorney Jim Green, who litigates for the ACLU. “Have I got a comment for you!” he emailed us. “Read it and weep!”

    He attached copies of his January 2010 appellate brief in the case of Marrilou Forrest, who in 2006 was shot and killed by Bradshaw’s deputies when they tried to Baker Act her.

    Green lost the appeal, and the deputies were granted summary judgment.

    Clearly, Green doesn’t have a very high opinion of the Sheriff’s skill at close coordination with mental health providers.”

  4. If you want to see how terrible this sheriff is, have a look at http://www.pbsotalk.com – it was created to give Bradshaw’s deputies a place to blow the whistle without retaliation. Also, there is the news site called http://www.SheriffBradshaw.com . The documentation of ye corruption this sheriff is engaged in will blow your mind!

  5. Holy crap, ap.

    That’s some portrait of both Sheriff Ric and his Deputy Dawg. “[An] unfortunate choice of words on the part of the judge”. If he’d stonewalled me for two years on a record request, Sheriff Ric wouldn’t have had to deal with “unfortunate” words like “fraud upon the court”. He’d have to deal with being in jail for contempt and awaiting an obstruction charge.

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