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FL: Police Now Shuffling Tent City Sex Offenders Around Miami-Dade

[miaminewtimes.com – 5/24/18]

In 2009, California artist Scott Gairdner made the “Sex Offender Shuffle,” a viral video parodying Miami-Dade’s treatment of sex offenders. With a catchy beat and ’80s-style cinematography, the four-minute spoof of the 1985 Chicago Bears’ “Super Bowl Shuffle” mocked the way sex offenders are shuffled from one location to another under the guise of public safety.

Nine years later, the sex offender shuffle is playing out in real life in Miami-Dade. After being forced to leave a longtime encampment near Hialeah, a group of homeless sex offenders was kicked out of its new location near the airport over the weekend.

“There’s no solution,” says Frank Diaz, a pastor who ministers to the affected offenders. “They’re just sweeping them from one place to another.”

The evictions date back to March, when the county gave notice to about 100 homeless sex offenders living at an encampment alongside railroad tracks near Hialeah that they had until May 6 to vacate the area. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Legal Services of Greater Miami filed a lawsuit challenging the county’s overnight camping ordinances but lost their first court hearing. The residents of “Tent City” were forced to leave in early May.

After the hearing, the offenders’ lawyer, Jeffrey Hearne, accurately predicted the decision would simply create new encampments of homeless sex offenders.

“They’ll most likely be relocating to another street corner,” Hearne told the Miami Herald .

So in mid-May, a group of former Tent City residents moved to a location off NW 37th Avenue just northeast of Miami International Airport. But last weekend, Diaz says, police stationed themselves in the area and informed the offenders they couldn’t stay there either.

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  1. R M

    “There’s no solution,” says Frank Diaz, a pastor who ministers to the affected offenders.

    Yes, there is a solution… get your heads out of your asses and accept that residency restrictions do not stop new sex crimes from happening.

    • Robert Curtis

      As stated in another comments section:
      WE need to misfire against our targets/enemies in the right way. I was in the Navy as a Torpedoman technician. What a torpedoes does is to purposely miss their target and explode below the ship causing it to lift and break under it’s own weight. Direct assaults are expected from us by people like Ron Book and his daughter. The better question to ask is how and where can we strike by missing the enemy’s prepared defenses? How to do so in a better and more effective way? What is it to miss yet be effective in purpose? How to gain allies from your opponent’s pier group, associates, industry, family and friends. If not gaining them as allies at least planting seeds of reason in their minds via of questions to consider.. Always fight for the long term… Of course our greatest challenge is to better define for those on the registry and their family members that they are no longer civilians but soldiers. Do you think Ron Book see himself going after us as a civilian? No, he is a soldier! Meanwhile those on the registry are on the defensive. We need to DEFINE strongly that if you are on the registry your are a soldier and in a war!!!

      Robert Curtis

    • NoTrish

      The act of forcing homeless anybody out of their location is proof of the idiocy ! At what point does a law become outright…. blatantly WRONG ! Do we the people respect the law who have no regard for human rights ! Are the people obligated to follow unlawful rules, regulations, and demands that shift and change continueously….. with hardship accumulated upon citizens lives and just shut up and take it as a public safety concept ? What’s wrong with this picture ? Sheeeesh ! Only is this screwed up Country !

      • TS

        @NoTrish

        When society challenges it via legislative or judicial means.

        I agree with your thinking but the people have to speak.

    • Tim Moore

      Well yes, I wrote to the author and explained the Taylor case in California and the findings that residency restrictions do public safety more harm than good.

  2. Anonymous

    Where do the felons with DWI conviction and have Killed the mother of 3 children live?? Where do those convicted of repeatedly beating their spouse in front of the horrified children live . . .

  3. Eric

    …And this is solving what?

  4. New Person

    I want the news interview of a guy willing to offer his warehouse as housing for these homeless registrants, provided he is compensated for it. He did ask with the Book foundation to support/fund that possibility. The Book foundation never responded.

    I want that snippet being played often with the new news that homeless registrants are forced to move once again.

    Odd… this is in Florida. You’d think with a history of the “trail of tears”, that Floridians would be more sensitive. History repeats itself.

    • Happy, joyous and free

      You won’t get that snippet because it does not advance the agenda of life imprisonment. That’s what Ron wants, plain and simple. He’s not the first that has said such a thing. I heard the same thing from a treatment provider, which I must paraphrase as I do not remember the exact sentence. Basically, “you all should be in for life, but as long as you are released by the system, we have to do something to minimize your ability to reoffend.”

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