From the “Felons Can’t be Choosers Dept.”
Washington Post reports:
“Never before did I think that we’d be beat up for giving people a warning and keeping people safe,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd told local television crews. “But hey, that’s okay.”
He was referring to criticism that followed a string of tweets from his office Wednesday morning saying that anyone with an outstanding warrant would not be admitted to shelters during Hurricane Irma. Though some of the tweets singled out sexual offenders and predators, others said all people with warrants would be better off turning themselves into a secure space of a different kind — jail.
“If you go to a shelter for #Irma, be advised: sworn LEOs will be at every shelter, checking IDs. Sex offenders/predators will not be allowed,” read one tweet, using an acronym for “law enforcement officers.” The thread came from the Polk County Sheriff’s Twitter account, which uses a photo of Judd.
“If you go to a shelter for #Irma and you have a warrant, we’ll gladly escort you to the safe and secure shelter called the Polk County Jail,” read another tweet, which received more than 7,800 likes. – snip –
The ACLU sees it differently.
[I do suspect that a convicted and released sexual abuser would also be housed by the county, with some surveillance, perhaps at the jail. — Dave]
Somehow, I think most people would understand that if you go to a shelter, there should be some level of vetting. At minimum, there should be a quick check to make sure you don’t have a warrant. The idea that convicted sexual predators would be barred seems normal.
No, I don’t want people to drown, but I also don’t want perverts and those running from the law to sleep in the same room as law-abiding folks. Is there a chance some drug dealers and perverts will die because they would not go to the county shelter? Yes.
Who exactly would that inconvenience?