Murder suspect Eric Burton became a public eyesore at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday when five digital billboards began broadcasting his face across Central Florida.The faces of the region’s most notorious fugitives will reach tens of thousands of motorists daily as part of an advertising push in support of Crimeline, the cash-for-tips crime-fighting program.
“It’s absolutely huge for us,” Crimeline coordinator Barb Bergin said after Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and police Chief Val Demings unveiled a billboard mock-up at police headquarters. “The more people who see them, the more cases we can help solve.”
This is just the kind of notoriety that a career criminal needs to continue being a menace to society. In this celebrity culture, what a lofty goal for young scumbags to aspire to one day get their face splashed on a billboard. There is no shame in that game. Good job Buddy, now every young aspiring criminal can think he’s Robin Hood.
Buddy Dyer is running a campaign based on ‘Safer streets’ all while theft and violent crime have spiraled out of control in our ‘City Beautiful’. Obviously he doesn’t live in the same Orlando as the rest of us.
How about instead of scaring residents into defending themselves we have a few more convictions for violent crime, more community policing by motivated cops that can tell the good guys from the bad, and exercise some of that equipment sitting in warehouses bought with Homeland Security money.