UPDATE: The City of Sanford rescinded its warning to the media not to approach city employees outside of work. The city retracted the advisory on Thursday, saying that portions of it were "improvidently issued.” The Orlando Sentinel reports the decision was made after a lawyer representing the paper and WFTV-Channel 9 wrote to City Manager Norton Bonaparte Jr. arguing that the warning was unconstitutional.
ORIGINAL STORY: The City of Sanford is warning members of the press not to approach city employees outside of work.
The police department released a memo on Wednesday — as details of the controversy surrounding Trayvon Martin's killing continue to unfold — requesting "that members of the media refrain from approaching, phoning or emailing city employees when they are in their roles as private citizens.”
The statement, obtained by The Huffington Post, referred to "a few incidents" where civil servants were followed and approached after working hours. It also notes that the police department “will not hesitate to make an arrest for stalking."
Below, read the full text of the release.
For Immediate Release, March 28, 2012
For Further Information Contact: PIO@sanfordfl.gov
Sanford, Fla – March 28, 2012 -- The City of Sanford kindly requests that members of the media refrain from approaching, phoning or emailing city employees when they are in their roles as private citizens. It has come to light that there have been a few incidents where city staff were followed and approached at their home or in settings outside of working hours.
Law enforcement officials will not hesitate to make an arrest for stalking.
If members of the media require information, they should contact the City of Sanford Joint Information Center at PIO@sanfordfl.gov or 407-562-2778. If they are seeking information about the Trayvon Martin case, they are to contact the State Attorneys Office at 904-630-2400.