|Published:||Nov 26, 2013 5:05 PM EST|
|Updated:||Nov 26, 2013 7:01 PM EST|
FORT MYERS, Fla. - We met with Eddie Bergen Monday Morning when he was in court, once again, for a hearing on charges that he violated his probation.
When he's not in jail, Bergen runs the Facebook page Snitch Stoppers 239. After WINK News Call For Action exposed his site, Bergen said he wanted to clear the air.
"No violent crimes, I advocate," Bergen said.
His site outs people who work with law enforcement. He calls it the anti-crime stoppers. He even offers rewards for people who identify snitches, paid in food stamps.
"I don't believe in...people cooperating with the police department because they got caught and then they try to place the blame on someone else," Bergen said.
Law enforcement says the no-snitching mentality has tragic impacts. There are currently 15 unsolved murder cases in Fort Myers from just last year.
Trish Routte with Crime Stoppers says a site like this sends the wrong message.
"What if they were in the position where they lost a loved one? Would they still be subscribing to the theory of not snitching," Routte asks.
Marilyn Savage, who lost her son to violence, told us it's attitudes like Bergen's that keep her son's killer free.
"It wasn't the detectives that failed me, they did everything they could do. It was the community," said Savage, whose son was killed six years ago.
In a surprising turn of events, even our anti-snitching advocate says his mission applies to other people, not to him.
"But if someone kills one of my family members, I'd say, yeah. I'll be honest with you," Bergen said.