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What A Mess

The Miami Herald reports on the latest screw-up: Sanford police threaten to arrest reporters

A press release sent out Wednesday said police would arrest journalists who attempt to make contact with city employees during non-working hours. They asked to not approach, call or email the city employees at home.

Some city staffers have been “followed or approached at their home or in settings outside of working hours,” the release said.

“Law enforcement officials will not hesitate to make an arrest for stalking.”

However, the Florida statute on stalking does not include language that would provide special protection to city officials or prevent media from asking questions.

Sanford police did not immediately return any calls Wednesday and Thursday morning.

Do they have any concept as to what this sounds like to the outside world? Do they want people to think that it’s OK to gun people down in Sanford, but if you ask public employees questions you are going to jail?

We are finally seeing some decent tourist numbers, and the jobs that go with them, and now we have to deal with this. Be advised that this is not occurring the Central Time Zone of Florida. We are open for business, and disapprove of anyone shooting people who are not breaking into their house.


1 Steve Bates { 03.30.12 at 12:29 pm }

Well, hey, why shouldn’t Sanford Police arrest reporters? NYPD arrests reporters and nobody bats an eye…

2 Bryan { 03.30.12 at 9:35 pm }

That’s because they always trot out “9/11!” when anyone mentions the fact that they are thugs. 9/11 is the alibi that never seems to fail.