Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Criminal barbering? Raids at Orange County shops lead to arrests, raise questions

Editor's Note: Is this really the type of country we want? This type of raid-style enforcement is better suited to third world dictatorships. Guilty until proven innocent is not American. And for those who love the police state, do you think that paying for 14 agents to raid a barber shop is your tax money well spent?

Orlando Sentinel

As many as 14 armed Orange County deputies, including narcotics agents, stormed Strictly Skillz barbershop during business hours on a Saturday in August, handcuffing barbers in front of customers during a busy back-to-school weekend.

It was just one of a series of unprecedented raid-style inspections the Orange County Sheriff's Office recently conducted with a state regulating agency, targeting several predominantly black- and Hispanic-owned barbershops in the Pine Hills area.

In "sweeps" on Aug. 21 and Sept. 17 targeting at least nine shops, deputies arrested 37 people — the majority charged with "barbering without a license," a misdemeanor that state records show only three other people have been jailed in Florida in the past 10 years.

The operations were conducted without warrants, under the authority of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation inspectors, who can enter salons at will. Deputies said they found evidence of illegal activity, including guns, drugs and gambling. However, records show that during the two sweeps, and a smaller one in October, just three people were charged with anything other than a licensing violation.

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RichardC said...

You people in Florida have a problem: too many cops. If cops have time to target "illegal barbering" then you have too many cops. Period.
Layoffs are the answer. This economic crisis is a great opportunity to get rid of as many cops as you can. Let me put it another way: enough cops to rescue you from a home invasion in five minutes is enough cops to endanger the honest citizenry. Too many cops means cops have to find something to do; and doing it to YOU is as good a statistic as doing it to Ted Bundy. Tasering cranky old ladies, shooting mentally handicapped or deaf men who don't grovel quickly enough is just one problem. Cops who provoke violence rather than calm the situation is another. Florida is a gun-friendly state. You might not like guns but you have to protect your home somehow. Maybe get LARGE cans of pepper spray or your own Taser. Maybe a sword and some lessons on how to use it. "More cops" is an answer we cannot afford, financially and morally. The emerging police state we already have is making us into children.

Anonymous said...

...how does everyone like the swat and cops shows now? Told folks for years that this was coming,....grew up with corrupt cops and court folk......but we got to have our law and order eh..?



Anonymous said...

Men in combat armor with guns drawn....on barbers without a license, swat teams with guns drawn going after organic food stores.I remember how the US wanted to "free" Iraqis from Saddam....who the hell is gonna save us from our police state?

Anonymous said...

I feel so much safer that these renegade barbers are not terrorizing American heads anymore.

Bill Mcdonald said...

Why do they always have to show up looking like an occupying army?

Just send in a few beat cops with normal equipment, like handcuffs, gun, badge, and nightstick. It worked
for a hundred years or so, surely it'll work for a few

You give out enough AR15's and other armament and there's bound to be a temptation to use it, by the recipients.

Anonymous said...

Sqeezing the bottom end of the food chain for their last drop of blood. Also designed to send message to those considering challenging the police state. I doubt there will be a similar raid on Goldman Sux.

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