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BSO Homeless Violence Expert called to Congressional Hearing

Available 9 am - 11 am Monday

Date: July 8, 2012

PIO Number: 12-7-5

Broward Sheriff’s Office Captain Rick Wierzbicki will travel to Washington, DC on Monday to testify at 10 am Tuesday, July 10th before a special Congressional committee hearing regarding violence against the American homeless.

The National Coalition for the Homeless was asked to be the co-sponsor of the hearing and to provide panelists to enter testimony. Capt. Wierzbicki has gained a reputation as an expert on the subject of homeless violence and testified previously before the United States Senate and several times before the Florida Legislature prior to the passage of House Bill 11 in 2010. HB 11 enhanced Florida’s Hate Crimes statute and afforded more protection to crime victims who are attacked on the basis of their homelessness.

It seems that the recent savage attack that left a homeless Miami man with his face disfigured may be the impetus for renewed interest in curbing such violence on the national level.

The efforts of Captain Wierzbicki, Sheriff Al Lamberti and State Representative Ari Porth concerning violence against the homeless are documented in the video The Power to Pass, which is posted for viewing or download in the Media Relations section at www.sheriff.org.

Prior to leaving for Washington, Capt. Wierzbicki will be available to speak to news media at the BSO PSB between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Monday, July 9th. Please call BSO PIO at 954-831-8300 if you would like to interview the captain.

This report by:

Jim Leljedal / PIO
7/5/12 1600

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