What The Fuck Is Going On In Florida??

So, how would you feel if you wrote a letter to the editor critizising a local official, only to have a response show up, in your mail, accusing you of slander? It happened, of course, in Florida. A local sherrif in Orange County responded, rather nastily, to Alice Gawronski's letter printed in the Orlando Sentinal. Gawronski was critical of the excessive use of tazers by the police. Ya see, an Orlando police office Tazered a suspect, who was handcuffed to a hospital bed to obtain a urine sample. Now, I know some people pay good money for that, but when the cops electricute a restrained person to get them to piss their pants, I think there's cause for concern. And the police responded. And rather amazingly, I might add. Sheriff Kevin Beary allowed himself to be shot with a Tazer during a press conference (and, yes, there's video of that in the link).
This is where Gawronski stepped in. After seeing the press conference, she wrote to the Sentinal. She said that Beary was "in obvious distress" and that should be argument enough against the Tazers. She also stated that Beary looked so overweight and out of shape that she doubted he could catch a suspect without the aid of a Tazer.
Beary didn't like that. So he did what any responsible member of the police force would do. He looked up Gawronski's DMV records. And the he sent Gawronski a nasty letter accusing her multiple times of slander.
If that's not police intimidation, I don't know what is.
However, Orange County Shariffs Officials are saying that Beary did nothing illegal. They say that responding to Gawronski's concerns are part of his job.
But a gentle reminder of "We know where you are, so you better stay in line isn't.


Blogger DeHuman8 said...

i hadn't heard this one, sick sick world we live in

6:28 PM  
Blogger Anarchy Zen said...

That's called governemnt officials using their position for personal exploitation is damn wrong and the scariest thing about giving the state too much power. It's not like the people working for the state aren't human and have their share of psychos and idiots just like all other segments of society and will abuse their power. Especially police who tend to have an US against THEM, the ends justify the means attitude.

The sad thing is that people don't flip out and burn down the police station when this thing happens. We all just tick are heads in the sand and hope it doesn't happen to us.

11:55 AM  

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