Viewers Voice: Debate heats up over sheriff's concerns about providing security to Eaglepalooza
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CREATED Sep. 4, 2013
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Debate over security at an upcoming concert at FGCU is heating up now that a top civil rights organization is calling out Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott. The sheriff says he has concerns over providing security to the event because of the headlining act.
He worries about the size and different types of crowds a Ludacris concert will draw in to Eaglepalooza.
"The hip-hop genre tends to convey and some cases incite a different type of hysteria. We're talking about putting a cap in somebody and the n-word and that stuff. It's a little bit different then Carrie Underwood telling somebody to "take the wheel" or something... you know," said Scott.
He says he wasn't part of the planning process and is still working on if his deputies will be securing the event but the American Civil Liberties Union says the sheriff's comments about a hip-hop crowd is discrimination.
"Yes of course its different and that's why the students picked Ludacris over some country music star. It's not the sheriff's values that can control his duty to provide public protection to a public university based on his own personal viewpoint. That's content based discrimination," said the ACLU.
Kayla calling Fox four thinks the sheriff is overstepping his boundaries.
"I kind of understand where he's coming from but that is discrimination... if that's who is decided on coming out to perform at the college then it should be decided by the community not by the sheriff," said Kayla.
Denise from Lehigh said, "That's why we put him there to do his job regardless of what he feels about any rapper."
The sheriff, however, isn't alone with his concerns. Bill in Fort Myers sees his concerns.
"We love our FGCU very much but we hate to see this type of performance being brought into the school, so we definitely agree with Sheriff Scott," said Bill.
Brian texted Fox Four, "It's about time someone took a stand for what they think is right!!!!!"