According to The Voice, Governor Scott Walker has joined forces with the Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen and others in Wisconsin to promote an “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign in the state. The new campaign is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and is encouraging all citizens to report any suspicious activity in connection with a crime. The state is particularly encouraging citizens to report any possible terrorism or crime in their location. The law enforcement says that they rely heavily on tips from citizens in order to arrest the dangerous threats to public health and safety.
The “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign will be heavily publicized by billboard ads and a new website has been created which gives information about the program. The Wisconsin Threat Analysis Center and the Wisconsin Statewide Information Center both will also play a part in the campaigns. While this campaign may be able to bring in criminals, there are also times that it may lead to false accusations.
A witness may misinterpret a situation, contact the police, and lead to a false arrest. For example, maybe two friends are trying to smuggle candy from one bag to another so that a third party doesn’t see the packages and ask for a share. To a passer-by, the actions may look like a drug deal. If that witness then calls and reports the incident, it could result in a serious misunderstanding. The accused party may even be convicted of a crime if the evidence lines up. Talk to a criminal defense lawyer in the state if you have been charged with a crime that you didn’t commit because of a civilian tip. At Vanden Huevel & Dineen, we are committed to fighting for you. We don’t want to see you charged with a crime that you didn’t commit. Talk to us today!