Florida Sheriff Will Check For Warrants At Hurricane Shelters

Tyler Durden's picture

Authored by Mac Slavo via SHTFplan.com,

If you have a warrant out for your arrest and manage to safely make it to a Florida hurricane shelter while Hurricane Irma barrels down on the state, a Florida sheriff will make sure you’re escorted right to jail.

As Hurricane Irma approaches his state, a county sheriff in Florida said that law enforcement authorities would check the identities of people who turn up at shelters and take to jail anyone found to have an active arrest warrant. On Wednesday, Grady Judd, the sheriff in Polk County, announced the maneuver in a series of messages on Twitter.

We cannot and we will not have innocent children in a shelter with sexual offenders & predators,” the sheriff said, adding law enforcement officers would be posted at shelters to check IDs.If you have a warrant, turn yourself into the jail — it’s a secure shelter.”

A spokeswoman for the sheriff, Carrie E. Horstman, said that the authorities hoped the effort would encourage turnout at shelters if county residents know they are safe. Horstman said, “We hope it actually leads to more people turning themselves in.” In a telephone interview on Wednesday, Ms. Horstman said that officers are obligated to take a person into custody if there is a warrant for their arrest and that in some misdemeanor cases a person can be released on bond immediately before they even go to a shelter.

“Our hope even before they reach a shelter is that they will turn themselves into law enforcement prior to that,” she said. “It is normal protocol to have an accountability log and to know the names of each person going in,” she said. “We need to know who is in there.”

But not everyone was thrilled with the Sheriff’s announcement, however.

The Polk County sheriff’s announcement that the authorities would use the hurricane as an opportunity for arrests drew widespread criticism online, leading some to question just how far the checks would go, such as whether Sheriff Judd would jail those wanted on traffic or drug charges, The Orlando Sentinel reported.

The backlash over this announcement was swift and more appear to be against the arrests at the shelters than for them. These announcements also come as word of police turning away volunteers bringing supplies to Hurricane Harvey victims in Texas, and yelled at for trying to help others.

The sheriff’s office made these announcements as residents of the state of Florida stocked up on supplies or made preparations to evacuate ahead of Hurricane Irma. Making arrests a top priority over human lives appears callous to Florida residents, especially in the wake of the damage currently being inflicted by Irma on the Caribbean.

The massive hurricane, which battered the northeast Caribbean on Wednesday is now moving on to the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. According to a majority of the latest projections, the Category 5 hurricane could make landfall in Florida by Sunday, although it was unclear where exactly that might happen. But the state is already bracing for impact. On Wednesday, Governor Rick Scott activated the state National Guard and declared a state of emergency across the state.

Polk County boasts a population of over 600,000 people, and none of the hurricane shelters have begun accepting evacuees just yet.

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Dilluminati's picture

Fucking Looters should be shot.

Not a bad idea to turn yourself in and shelter at the jail which is concrete reinforced

TeamDepends's picture

Inmate 1:  Man, when they brought you in here you was crying like a pussy.

Inmate 2:  YEAH!

Richard Chesler's picture
The cops threw tear gas in my face.
MagicHandPuppet's picture

This might, unfortunately, create a false sense of security for many considering these shelters.

Reminds me of my friend who wound up in the Superdome during Hurricane Katrina. He witnessed women being raped, someone thrown to their death off a balcony, and thugs basically going around taking what they wanted - all while the cops huddled with their backs together looking out for themselves, or guarding the doors making sure no one leaves. He was eventually shot at by the police when he luckily got a chance to make a run for it, escaping through an unguarded locker room to "freedom" where he had to evade the looters. It was like Hotel California: you can check in, but you can never leave.

Mr. Universe's picture

Uh, the correct line is "You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave."

However I'm thinking in your example the better line would have been, "They stab it with their steely knives, but they just can't kill the beast".

MagicHandPuppet's picture

Oh snap. I feel like I just got busted posting fake song lyrics. I should have known better than to wing it on my forth scotch of the evening!

Déjà view's picture

While at it...card illegals...
18 y.o. who screwed his 16 y.o. GF not a priority...

Mr. Universe's picture

Well, that's what I get for being sober tonight, but hey the night is still young. A 20 year old Tawny port seems about right.

As an aside, you brought up fond memories as a young airman stationed at Barksdale AFB, the Eagles were coming to town and while I wasn't the biggest fan, some friends invited me and I went. What a surprise. Joe Walsh had joined the band and they played new songs from their yet to be released album, Hotel California.

Mr. Universe's picture

I never thought having a drink and walking down memory lane would get so many haters. I had 1 glass of port and a Creme Brulee with my wife of 36 years. Up at 5:30 AM to take care of business, junk that asshats.

Mr Hankey's picture

Dart s ok. 1m in muh futh fire bull.

americanreality's picture

Most of us got it. You're fine.  

Peanut Butter Engineer's picture

Reminds me of Samual Jackson movie 1408, you can only check out via "express checkout system" aka noose or jump off the building.

Nobodys Home's picture

Why? What were you doing at the time. Where were you and who were you hanging out with?

tmosley's picture

It ain't cool, bein no jive turkey, so close to Thanksgivin'.

Dilluminati's picture

No warrants.. and I'd not go to a shelter, I'd not allow myself nor my family to be in that situation.  If I were at a shelter it would be earthquake where there was no warning or tornado possibly.  Start shooting looters on sight solve allot of problems and allow people to evacuate.

Sabibaby's picture

Man, I see in fight club the strongest and smartest men who've ever lived. I see all this potential, and I see squandering. God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables; slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don't need. We're the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War's a spiritual war... our Great Depression is our lives. We've all been raised on television to believe that one day we'd all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won't. And we're slowly learning that fact. And we're very, very pissed off. 

FixItAgainTony's picture

>> And we're slowly learning that fact.

too slowly

LetThemEatRand's picture

The job of the police is to protect and serve.  And people are innocent until proven guilty.  Having an outstanding warrant does not make you a threat to anyone.  The vast majority of people with warrants are wanted for non-violent crimes.  I could get behind him if he said he would check for warrants for crimes of violence/sexual assault, which at least could be justified as protecting and serving the rest of the population.

rejected's picture

The job of the police is to protect and serve.

And they do.

Don't tell me you believed the bullshit about them protecting and serving citizens!  Way,,, way beneath their dignity.

Déjà view's picture

Type to throw U.S. ctizen in jail for J-Walking...

Not any problem assisting DEA...
Assisting ICE...all kinds of excuses...

Dilluminati's picture

They do protect and serve, have families also, so their having to babysit criminals and being away from family, having to take care of idiots and their families make these events trying times.  Just make it easier for everybody and get on up the road early.  Especially if you have warrants.

Bigly's picture

They protect their own asses and serve themselves first....asset forfeiture, anyone? 


Mr Hankey's picture

You and your butt- buddy LTER aren't  going to do very well in the coming days.

Nobodys Home's picture

What's up wit dat? You seem to have many more butt-buddies hangin out than Dillum does.
Mr. Hankey = an imaginary animated piece of shit.

Mr Hankey's picture

Isn't that a picture of Papa Bush when he was a lieutenant?

Mr Hankey's picture

No.1 wifebeaters.& killers.

Mr Hankey's picture

Just behind MDs& CEOs on the psychopath scale. Most criminals ive met DO have some sort of code.

nmewn's picture

If this is the same Polk county sheriff I'm thinking of, he's a straight shooter. He's telling people with warrants they are unwelcome to shelter with those who don't have warrants. 

He's also the guy (if its him) who was asked by some commie lib reporter why an ex-con who had escaped from jail, who shot one of his cops and his K-9, with the cops gun who were searching for him exactly "Why was the ex-con shot 15 times?" without the slightest bit of pause.

I believe he answered "Because thats all the bullets the officer had."...with a straight face.

Now, I don't care who you are, ya gotta love that answer ;-)

dark pools of soros's picture

Fuck his K-9 since cops kill every fucking dog they see for no reason

Nobodys Home's picture

Problem is K-9 police dogs, if you kill them, are the same penalty as killing a human officer now.
I'd probably never do it as I love animals more than most people. Although if it was after my kid I do it in with no thought. Or if it was after my cat...I'd kill it with my hands! I love my cat. She's awesome. A guard cat! I wouldn't mess with her. She's nasty! But she loves me, and I her.

FixItAgainTony's picture

With all the dogs in the lifeboat, there wasn't space for the wife.

Peanut Butter Engineer's picture

Not everyone needs a wife, maybe he prefer a husband or a silicon toy.

Slammofandango's picture

Cops shoot the same dogs mail carriers deal with every day.

TeamDepends's picture

So bro, got your beef jerky, cases of beer, and canoe?

nmewn's picture

Burger, grill & rum!

The canoe will get stuck in the top of a tree prolly ;-)

Nobodys Home's picture

Awesome! Musta been a Springfield XD. Extended mags to 15. Glocks have 19.

Mr Hankey's picture

Officer,can I hold your gun? AWESOME!!!!

Lumberjack's picture

I trust and hope you have decided to take a brief vacation elsewhere. It's going to get pretty fucked up there shortly. Some folks I know in your neck of the woods left 2 days ago for Tennessee.

nmewn's picture

We're thinking about beach camping in the panhandle. Just glad to have some time off right now to be honest. 

I think it'll turn east.

Mr Hankey's picture

Is  Dave's Deli kosher? Sounds like pigs& kid-munching dogs have more to  worry about from ex-cons than I do,I can always stay out of a serious criminals business & territory  .

nmewn's picture

Dave looks Italian to me. You do know other people own delis besides (((those people))) right? So you're trollin 11hr old comments or just to get your ass kicked? ;-)

Mr Hankey's picture

Isn't it about time to hop on a Delta to Tampa for curry?

Mr Hankey's picture

My bad .No way to mistake the two.Like mistaking a Dane 4 a Pygmy.The Italian has a cute lil' button nose & the joo has a hatchet nose.

land_of_the_few's picture

OK obviously you are a paid shill but you clearly haven't heard of "Roman nose" and clearly you don't know any Jewish people either.

peippe's picture

& you wonder why some of us could not care any less when they get caught in a storm & drown?

hope this piggy wears his life vest come this weekend. gonna get wet. 

nmewn's picture

Who gets caught in a storm & drowns?

Mr Hankey's picture

A lot of your butt - buddies ,apparently.