November 9th, 2010 01:13 AM
I feel much safer now...
...knowing these guys are behind bars.
Criminal barbering? Raids at Orange County shops lead to arrests, raise questions
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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November 9th, 2010 01:54 AM
Thank God we are safe from bad haircuts now!
The world is a much better place, and nobody should be made to suffer from a cowlic.
November 9th, 2010 04:09 AM
November 9th, 2010 06:31 AM
A haircut I got at my local barbershop was pretty criminal if you ask me
November 9th, 2010 07:59 AM
I don't live in Orange County, FL, but I imagine there are plenty of real crimes (i.e. assaults, murders, rapes, thefts, etc.) that they could have invested their time and energy into solving or preventing. There must be more to this story (illegal drug ring cover-up, money laundering, SOMETHING).
I can just see it now, a bunch of guys in swat type gear bustign in weapons drawn, "Drop the scissors!!! Down on the ground. Step away from the mousse!"
With all of this danger lurking in the barber shops, I'm just going to shave my melon and apply turtle wax.
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November 9th, 2010 08:16 AM
No, no, no! It's the city of the Mouse House. Nothing bad ever happens there...except bad haircuts.
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November 9th, 2010 08:26 AM
City of the Mouse House .... and one of the cesspools of Florida.
The cops probably didn't have much choice here, they were tapped by BPR to 'assist' with the stings .... the real problem is the BPR. There are many arms of that agency that do some real good -- nursing licenses, stuff like that -- but for the most part this is a bunch of meaningless bureaucrats that haven't been doing their job trying to make it look like they really add something of value to the State of Florida just as a new administration is about to take over.
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November 9th, 2010 09:31 AM
It does seem like a waste of resources to use LE in this manner. Especially in light of the current economy. At least these people picked an alternative to the normal drug dealing and stealing to make money.
November 9th, 2010 09:51 AM
Well, they were armed with scissors! What if they ran!
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November 9th, 2010 10:52 AM
I'd be ticked if they arrested my barber while he was in the middle of cutting my hair. License or no license, I want him to finish the job. City better pay for my cut.
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November 9th, 2010 11:37 AM
Originally Posted by BugDude
Agreed. If any of the shop owners were clean I'd be seeking a lawsuit.
November 9th, 2010 12:15 PM
Wow! I feel safe knowing all those criminals were taken off the street--for how many hours? At least I don't have to worry about a barber/criminal--I live in Ohio and I have a pony tail, and haven't gotten a haircut in several years. Reminds me of a time several years ago when the combined county/city drug task force/SWAT team "raided" a local pool hall, arrested several little old men for "gambling" (playing penny anti poker), and actually confiscated drugs--one old guys heart medicine. They became the laughing stock of the entire area. Although the city council "supported" the police and said they had done nothing wrong, it is interesting that the police chief, and the lieutenant that was involved in the raid, left the city's employ within 6 months. By the way, all charges against the elderly "criminals" were dropped. The city also withdrew its officers from that particular "task force". There haven't been anymore "raids" with guns drawn and full tactical gear on little old men since. We now have a well trained, very competent police force, with a very good chief. And a fine SWAT team who does a good and serious job, without running "practice" raids on unsuspecting law abiding elderly citizens.
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November 9th, 2010 09:05 PM
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November 10th, 2010 01:02 AM
Cuff-and-stuff arrests, for failure to have "Guild" permission for that line of work. Narcotics agents, so I'm assuming they had intel beyond mere "Guild" displeasure. I'm assuming the prosecutor's "file" will have the information.
As many as 14 armed Orange County deputies, including narcotics agents, stormed Strictly Skillz barbershop during business hours ... handcuffing barbers ... 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.
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November 10th, 2010 08:20 AM
As much as we complain about politicians wanting to pass new laws while not having existing laws enforced, lets give some credit where credit is due. While it does look like a fairly lame attempt at justifying someone's job, at least they are actually doing their job. The big question in my mind is did the haircut police bring the cops along on their raid, or did the cops bring the haircut police so they could hit these places without warrants? This could have just been a creative end run around the fourth amendment.
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