Sarasota News Leader

11/30/2012

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DUEL OF SELF-INFLICTED WOUNDS A homeless person sleeps in Five Points Park, across from Selby Public Library. The City Commission removed the benches from the park to keep the homeless from lingering there. Photo by Norman Schimmel ANALYSIS: CITY OFFICIALS STRIKE BACK AFTER AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION CHAPTER REVEALS 'BUM-HUNTING' POLICE EMAILS By Stan Zimmerman City Editor The local chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida held a City Hall lawn press conference Tuesday morning, Nov. 27. Local chapter Legal Chairman Michael Barfield blasted the Sarasota Police Department for what he called "a culture of contempt and disrespect for the city's homeless." 7 between 10:11 and 10:17 p.m. between two officers. Jacob Nelson: "U NEED TO PROVE UR SELF SON LOL" Joshua Vance: "U THINK UR SOO COOL DON'T U IM THE BUM HUNTER TONIGHT SON!!" Barfield was working from a 98-page compendium of police text messages sent between Hours later, at 2:48 a.m. Aug. 8, Christo Devcruisers. He has filed suit in federal court over aney texted, "GOT A PRANK FOR THE BUM HUNTERS? THEY ARE LOOKING FOR the city's treatment of the homeless. SLEEPING BUMS AND IM GOING TO DRESS On Tuesday, he handed out excerpts from the UP LIKE ONE AND HAVE THEM FIND ME text messages. One was an exchange on Aug. LOL DOOOOOO IT."

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