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Florida Sheriff Threatens ID Checks And Arrests At Hurricane Shelters—Backlash Quickly Followed

Florida Sheriff Threatens ID Checks And Arrests At Hurricane Shelters—Backlash Quickly Followed
Updated 9 months ago

Whatever happened to protect and serve?

One county in Florida didn't exactly roll out the welcome mat for citizens looking for somewhere safe to ride out Hurricane Irma.

Early Wednesday, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd tweeted threats to citizens seeking shelter:

The reaction from Twitter was swift and furious:

Judd added special warnings for sex offenders:

Twitter was having none of that nonsense:

This Twitter user pointed out that Judd is no stranger to controversy:

It turns out Judd's concern for children might be overstated.

According the The Southern Poverty Law Center's website:

In 2012,  The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) filed a federal lawsuit against Polk County, Florida Sheriff Grady Judd for regularly subjecting children held at the county’s adult jail to abuse, neglect and violence - including the placement of children in a cage for punishment.

Read more about the lawsuit here.