Over 100 Arrests in Lee by Task Force November 2015

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The Ft. Myers police force and Lee Deputies arrested men all over Lee County in a major drug and gun sweep. This is in response to the numerous shootings and violence erupting throughout both the City and the County. Several men were charged with carrying a concealed firearm and some with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Some were even juveniles. Some of the guns had altered serial numbers.
Some of the arrests involved synthetic drugs and spice. Some of the arrests were for possession of MDMA. Quite a few of the guys were charged with violation of probation and are still in custody. The task force sweep resulted in many people being denied bond or bonds set incredibly high. For people who had charges pending or were on probation, bond was revoked.
In some cases, it looks like the police were just looking for a reason to make a bust. Some were charged with simply loitering and prowling. For those that ran, an addition charge was tackled on of for fleeing and eluding and for those that resisted, the additional charge was resisting arrest or battery on a police officer. May of the people arrested were black only adding to the suspicion that some of the arrests are racially motivated. Time will tell as to whether or not it makes a difference in the homicide rate here in Ft. Myers.
For some, it looks like they were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Some were simply riding in a car with someone else that had been targeted. You have to be really careful who you hang with. The police crackdown sometimes results in the police bending the rules when it comes to car stops. Often they claim to smell burning weed simply as an excuse to bring a drug dog. There are real defenses to some of these trumped up charges.

Often the search of the car may be illegal or a warrantless search of a house may be involved.

Probation officers, making visits often use that as an excuse to have a detective get inside your home to really look for other violations.

If you or a loved one got busted in this latest sweep and you want to talk to a really experienced lawyer call me, Sean O’Halloran at my office here in Ft. Myers for a free consultation at 239 334 8890

Another Shooting in Ft. Myers

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Yesterday there was the eleventh death in Ft. Myers this year from gunfire. This happened the same day the police were scheduled to give a presentation on the efforts to combat gun violence. No one seems to want to report the race of the victims of these shootings or the perpetrators. Only four of the homicides have been solved but almost all of them are in what is referred to as “the hood”. There is an epidemic nationwide of black on black homicides from firearms. Have the police tempered their presence and investigations out of fear of being called racists? Why has gun crime gone up so dramatically in the last year in Ft. Myers?
We live in a society where you cannot watch TV for an hour without seeing some show involving guns and violence. The video games mostly involve graphic violence. The rap music involves violence. Almost all of the movies involve gun violence. Has society conditioned our youth, and are we now living with kids that are almost sociopathic when it comes to violence? It has become accepted. Years ago, I went to a fourth grade class in a predominantly black neighborhood to speak. I asked them how many of them had actually seen a dead person. Every hand went up. Every one of the kids had been exposed to gun violence and death. We live in one of the most violent times in American history. The kids in the hood think nothing of “popping a cap in yo ass”. The problem in America is not guns.  The problem is the glorification of shooting and killing to the point it has become ingrained in our youth.
As a criminal defense lawyer, I have noticed a dramatic change in our youth. Violence has become a way of life and carrying a gun commonplace. Increasing the penalties with minimum mandatory sentences hasn’t seemed to work. We need to address the underlying cause of the problem. Guns and gun violence are a symptom of a much deeper underlying problem. Drugs and guns go hand in hand. Many of the shootings may be drug related. Dealing drugs for some is seen as the only way to make a living. With no family structure, no education and no opportunity, for some, it is the only way out. As a society, we need to come together and address the issues of education, poverty and opportunity. We need to treat the cause