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View Diary: Would you feel safe traveling to Florida? (76 comments)

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  •  I live in S. Fla and from my perspective, (8+ / 0-)

    while all these concerns about getting killed here are overblown, I am hoping this idea of a tourist boycott takes off. Tourists bring in money and all that, but they also are a royal pain. Miami Beach is bumper to bumper at night, and the restaurants are packed all winter long (tourist season). The lines at Universal and Disneyworld are ridiculous, and every flight in and out of Miami is packed. If only 10% of tourists would stay home the quality of life for actual Floridians would be so much better. So everyone stay in your own perfectly safe and completely non-racist states (heh), that's fine.

    •  Same here. (2+ / 0-)
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      BlueDragon, Hopeful Monster

      Stay away.  The police and legal system are out of control for everyone.  

      •  The Stand Your Ground defense wasn't (2+ / 0-)
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        BroadwayBaby1, Hopeful Monster

        even used here. This is not a Florida problem, it is a national problem. Racism, the gun fetish, and lax gun laws cover 95% of the country. People are kidding themselves if they think this couldn't happen where they live.

        •  I agree 100% (3+ / 0-)

          I can only speak to what I see in my little part of Florida.  Things are out of control.  

          A new sheriff was elected last November.  Since that time, I've seen the number of police harassment stories and questionable arrests rise significantly.  Coincidecence?  NO.

          My guess is the cops are being told to up their arrest quotas.  The best way to do that is harass/arrest the "low hanging fruit" of single women, middle aged couples, senior citizens, and so on.  The fact is, if a cop arrests a 6'5" male, he may get hurt.  They may resist.  

          You can scare the hell out of the other group into submitting.  

          Do I have any statistical proof of this?  No, only anecdotal evidence.  But this is a small area and people talk.  

          ~~~There's something happening here~~~

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