Monday, February 19, 2018

Florida Sheriff Calls For The Power To Detain People Over “Suspicious Social Media Posts”…

The following article appeared in Weasel Zippers on February 17th

Via NBC:

The county sheriff in charge of investigating the mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida, pleaded with lawmakers on Thursday to give police and doctors more power to involuntarily hospitalize people for psychiatric evaluation over violent and threatening social media posts.
Sheriff Israel

The sheriff, Scott Israel, of Broward County, described the accused shooter’s social media posts as “very disturbing” at a news conference and asked state and federal legislators to expand the state’s Baker Act, which says a person can be detained against their will for up to 72 hours under certain circumstances.

The accused, Nikolas Cruz, 19, has confessed to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday, authorities said. He has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder.

Ed.  Lock someone up for 3 days because an "official" didn't like what they had to say on Facebook?  Gee, I wonder if anyone would be tempted to take improper advantage of such a statute!

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