FORT MYERS, Fla. - If you see a crime in Southwest Florida, you can report it to Crime Stoppers and remain anonymous. But we found a Facebook page dedicated to keeping people, quiet.
A local man with a criminal record is calling out people who talk to police. He's putting "snitches' " faces online for anyone to see.
Trish Routte with Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers, an organization aimed at solving crime, says the mentality of "no snitching" is preventing justice.
"These are cases that could easily be solved if just one or two people came forward," she said.
You'll hear about snitching in rap songs and even see it on Facebook. The page, "Snitch Stoppers 239", calls itself the anti-Crime Stoppers.
Page administrators posts pictures of people who have given information to police.
The site is run by a career criminal named Eddie Bergen who at the ripe age of 28 already has more than two dozen arrests on his record including one just last week. His goal is to keep other criminals out of prison.
Back in June of 2007, Marilyn Savage saw what no parent should ever have to see. Her son Robert Dunham, IV was shot and killed on Martin Luther King Boulevard in Fort Myers. Police made an arrest but a year later the key witnesses in the case recanted their testimony. The alleged killer was set free. Six years later, the case is still unsolved.
"It wasn't the detectives that failed me," said Marilyn. "They did everything they could do. It was the community."
A community that includes the "Snitch Stoppers 239" Facebook page. Eddie Bergen, the creator, did not want to talk to us about the site when we reached out to him for a comment.
Stop snitching campaigns have been around in various places for about ten years, but of course these sites are protected at least to some degree by the first amendment.
If you have any information about the murder of Robert Dunham, or any other unsolved crime, you're urged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS. You can remain anonymous.