How your law enforcement tax dollars are wasted

  • Why send a SWAT team to check information reported to the sheriff days earlier?
  • What real crimes are being committed while law enforcement wastes time with compliance checks?
  • This proves the registry’s purpose is to shame and harass.

Nebraskans Unafraid recently received this report from a Nebraska resident who is forced to register. To guard against retaliation for telling the story, Nebraskans Unafraid is not divulging the identity of the person making the report.

Here is what we were told:

Around 9:00 a.m. [on a recent day], I heard my doorbell and I found two sheriff’s officers and two police officers on my front porch. It looked like a SWAT team.

My first question to them was, “What happened?” I thought that something major happened in the neighborhood. The police officer said, “We are just doing a check,” and he started asked me the basic questions (name, employment, telephone number, etc.). Then he asked me what vehicle I drove and I told him it was parked out on the street and the description of it.

It was a pleasant conversation. But I noticed one officer walked over and checked my vehicle from the outside. I found it strange that they would send out four officers. I have lived in the same place for years, and they previously only sent out one officer. In 15 years, I have never received so much as a traffic ticket.

How many real crimes are being committed elsewhere while these four law enforcement employees check on people who are not committing crimes and who are just trying to rebuild shattered lives?

I include a photo (above) of the law enforcement officers because it is overkill for this situation and it amounts to harassment, even though the officer asking the questions was polite. How much force is needed at my front door to do a check? Just a few days prior to this visit, I went to the sheriff’s office to verify all the information — the exact same information.

Maybe this force was for the community and its safety, or maybe it is just to shame and harass me. These tactics are starting to be used as a form of punishment without any due process. This is no longer just a “check.” Think of it: A gang of law enforcement officers shows up at your house in the morning hours when your neighbors are getting ready to go to work. It doesn’t matter how polite the law enforcement officers are. It is the general appearance that is given and the take-away for everybody in the surrounding area and your family members.

We try to protect our family members and keep them away from all this. Think how shocking and terrifying it can be to look out and see a gang of law enforcement on your front porch and not knowing why they are there.

The registry is really meant for harassment purposes and to terrify those on the list. Think about it: A lot of the people should have been off the list. Yet still they are being punished.

I always treat law enforcement with dignity and respect. Hopefully, they will always do the same in return.

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New phone scam targets people forced to register

  • Do not fall for phone scams
  • Registry enforcement is NOT done by phone
  • Hang up and report this fraud to law enforcement

Nebraskans Unafraid has been asked to warn the community about a new phone scam that targets people forced to register.

The scam is perpetrated by phone call.  The scammer will tell you that you failed to respond to some fictitious letter indicating that you had two days to verify registry information.  The caller then works the scam by saying you need a $750 voucher (amount might vary) to avoid going to jail. You might be told that if you go to the sheriff’s office you will be arrested.

You might be given instructions on how to obtain a voucher.

All of the scammer’s statements are lies. This is a fraud and you should not be taken in by it.

No registry enforcement is done by phone. Law enforcement will never call you and demand money.

If you get a phone call like this, simply ignore it and report it to legitimate law enforcement.

If you use a mobile phone, it’s a good idea to put trusted contacts in your contacts list and if you get a call from someone not on that list, just don’t answer it.

Here are some of our previous posts warning of phone scams:

Don’t be duped

Just hang up

Federal judge says registry can’t be applied retroactively

  • Judge criticizes state for flouting the U.S. Constitution
  • Other rulings against Tennessee law cited
  • Judge also cites Michigan ruling

Tennessee may not retroactively apply its registration law, according to a federal judge who ordered that eight people be removed from the registry.

“Tennessee officials continue to flout the Constitution’s guarantees,” U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger wrote in her ruling on December 3, 2021. “The federal district courts of this state have repeatedly concluded that the same analysis applies … to Tennessee’s own, very similar scheme and policies. Tennessee officials have continued to impose the state’s repeatedly-held-to-be-unlawful policy on other, similarly situated individuals” despite rulings, she said.

Governments are prohibited from giving more punishment for a crime that was committed previously under the Ex Post Facto of the U.S. Constitution clause, according to The Associated Press

Trauger also cited an April ruling where another federal judge in the Middle District of Tennessee ruled that two men should be removed from the sex offender registry. The judge determined enforcing laws created after the committed crimes were unconstitutional.

Trauger also mentioned that in 2016, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against retroactive implementation of a sex offender law in Michigan.

Read the full story here.