Sanford, Florida’s new chief of police, Cecil Smith, has some tough words to share with the residents of Sanford, Florida — not the criminal residents of Sanford, but the good neighbors who care enough to watch the criminals.
“In this program,” said the offensively patronizing Smith, “it is clearly stated that you will not pursue an individual. In this new program, it clearly indicates that you will not carry a firearm when performing your duties as a neighborhood watch captain or participant.”
One question that Smith appears not to have asked himself is who gives the police chief authority over a voluntary neighborhood watch program? Another is what gives him the right to disarm citizens who have the legal right to concealed carry — more than 1.1 million in Florida alone?
And the final question is why would anyone willingly cooperate with a top-down, police-directed neighborhood watch program that treats him or her like a potential criminal?