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    Florida Sheriff goes below the belt

    Hi All,
    I posted this in the Florida section, but wanted all viewers to see what we are up against here in Florida. The law enforcement community is just terrified of allowing citizens to express their freedoms. How do we prevail?

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    "Biker outlaw gang guys" ???

    Looks like the people whose photographs were unlawfully distributed have a good cause of action against the official for libel, since he identified them as "biker outlaw gang guys". I'd be a little bit peeved at being labeled either "outlaw" or "gang member", particularly in an official statement to the press. I smell punitive damages...
    By the way, nothing I say on this website as "user" should be taken as either advertising for attorney services or legal advice, merely personal opinion. Everyone having a question regarding the application of law to the facts of their situation should seek the advice of an attorney competent in the subject matter of the issues presented and licensed to practice in the relevant state.

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    Notable - - - "driver's license photos."
    Seven of the eight photos of members of the Mongols, Outcasts, Outlaws, Pagans and Warlocks motorcycle clubs came originally from the state Driver and Vehicle Identification (DAVID) system, state attorney's records show. Federal law classifies drivers' photographs as "highly restricted personal information."

    "It's certainly clear that highly confidential personal information was distributed and that is exactly what the DPPA [federal Drivers Privacy Protection Act] was intended to stop," said Derek Newton, a spokesman for the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida. "We are always concerned when the government is collecting information and keeping information on people who have not been convicted."

    Spokeswoman Ann Howard of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles said law-enforcement officials are never allowed to publicly release drivers license photographs — "not even if someone is missing and it could save their life."
    Accusations of Federal law violations...that has the possibility of lining a few lawyerly pockets.
    Last edited by Fallschirmjäger; 08-30-2011 at 06:11 PM.

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    OK, so the Sheriff is worried about a bunch of dirtbags in a motorcycle gang??
    Doesnt Florida law already have anti gang laws in place?
    Why doesnt the sheriff do his job and do something about the Gang issues?
    This is pretty stupid.
    Does that idiot sheriff not understand that those biker gangs will conceal carry too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by holdcard View Post
    The law enforcement community is just terrified of allowing citizens to express their freedoms. How do we prevail?
    Fear is a powerful barrier to positive change.

    You prevail by expressing what freedoms you do have in a calm, law-abiding manner, and by continually pushing for rational reform.
    The First protects the Second, and the Second protects the First. OO-RAH!!! Together, they protect the rest of our Bill of Rights and other founding documents.

    As for President Trump, he's getting the job done.

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