WALTON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – Walton County Sheriff Michael Adkinson has had sufficient of the false info being unfold on numerous social media platforms.
“I believe we now have determined we are able to do what we would like, after we need, nonetheless, we need to do it,” Sheriff Adkinson mentioned.
Adkinson mentioned he’s “over it”.
“We attempt so arduous to affect folks we aren’t listening to the details. we’re desirous to be the primary particular person to get a like, the primary particular person to get a share and it’s inflicting actually critical issues,” Sheriff Adkinson mentioned.
Two incidents in Walton County occurred within the final two weeks the place false info was unfold one of many incidents officers mentioned was not solely false however utterly disrespectful.
Sheriff Adkinson mentioned it’s bought to cease.
“There are specific issues, fairly frankly that you just don’t have the appropriate to know earlier than a sufferer’s household. I see the illness of individuals pulling their digital camera out to videotape folks’s final moments on this world, and I don’t perceive,” Sheriff Adkinson mentioned.
Sheriff Adkinson mentioned spreading misinformation makes the roles of legislation enforcement officers more durable, and is an endangerment to the remainder of the group.
“Individuals will defend their proper to do that. all people needs to inform you about their rights, no person needs to speak about their duties,” Adkinson mentioned.
Sheriff Adkinson mentioned not solely are folks spreading false info however they’re turning round and never taking duty for his or her actions.
He added fixing this specific drawback begins with particular person accountability.
“I don’t assume that authorities can occupy that, I don’t assume you could be shamed in that, I believe everybody has to make a aware choice one after the other to change their conduct,” Sheriff Adkinson mentioned.
Sheriff Adkison added earlier than you put up one thing ask your self, “Do I do know this to be true with none affordable doubt?” and if the reply is not any he says don’t put up it.
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