The war on barbershops
Yet another example of our ludicrous economic policies mixing it up with our ludicrous law enforcement policies:
As many as 14 armed Orange County deputies, including narcotics agents, stormed Strictly Skillz barbershop during business hours on a Saturday in August, handcuffing barbers in front of customers during a busy back-to-school weekend.
It was just one of a series of unprecedented raid-style inspections the Orange County Sheriff’s Office recently conducted with a state regulating agency, targeting several predominantly black- and Hispanic-owned barbershops in the Pine Hills area.
In "sweeps" on Aug. 21 and Sept. 17 targeting at least nine shops, deputies arrested 37 people — the majority charged with "barbering without a license," a misdemeanor that state records show only three other people have been jailed in Florida in the past 10 years.
At least nobody was killed, no dogs shot. And it’s even more interesting that these raids took place in an affluent, white community where…oh wait. Strike that. This was a black community without strong political connections. Funny how that works.