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Florida sheriff does press conference outside of problem home, adds it to ‘hit list’

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Richard Tribou, Orlando Sentinel

Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey took to Facebook on Monday to post a warning to people living at a home in Port St. John, which he said was the subject of close to 100 law enforcement calls within the last year.

On Tuesday, Ivey was back on Facebook walking one of the people he said who lived at the home into the Brevard County Jail.

In the first video, Ivey said the calls were for drugs, drug overdoses, fights, stolen vehicles and needles thrown over the fence into the neighbors’ yards resulting in multiple arrests.

“This house and the overwhelming majority of the people in it are a constant disruption and a pain in the butt to their neighbors, the children in this area and to be honest, your taxpayer dollars,” Ivey said.

Ivey said he’s making the house a pet project, and is working with neighbors who he said have the house under surveillance, and are sharing that with law enforcement.

“Since the majority of the occupants in this residence can’t obey the law, then this is what we are going to do,” Ivey said. “You and your house have now officially made my hit list – high intensity target.”

In a followup video posted Tuesday, Ivey and a sheriff’s deputy walked a man who was not identified into the Brevard County Jail.

“We gave them a good warning yesterday,” Ivey said. “Today I’m going to walk one of them into our jail. They had plenty of warning. This individual not only didn’t listen to the warning, but immediately after we left went and broke into somebody’s house.”

The videos have garnered a lot of attention. Monday’s video has been viewed more than 17 million times with Tuesday’s followup viewed more than 250,000 times.

Comments were mixed on the posts, with some applauding law enforcement efforts to keep crime out of neighborhoods.

“Thank you so much for this!! We live close to them and are sick of it! This made us all so very happy!!!!!!!” reads a post from the Facebook account of Tricia Harley Adams.

Others criticized the sheriff’s methods of law enforcement.

“Wow! I understand you get frustrated but so unprofessional! Wrong in so many ways!!” reads a comment from the Facebook account of Selma Jorge Ruiz.

You can see more comments at https://www.facebook.com/BrevardCountySheriff/

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