FL Sheriff Threatens to Jail Wanted People in Shelters

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Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd in Orlando is threatening to jail wanted people seeking shelter due to Hurricane Irma, the Orlando Sentinel reports. The sheriff, who is known for his outspoken comments, made the threat in a series of posts to Twitter. “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,” Judd tweeted to his nearly 66,000 followers. Judd said officers would be at every shelter checking IDs and that sex offenders and sex predators would not be allowed inside.

Judd said in preparation for the hurricane, fugitives should turn themselves in to the jail because “it’s a secure location.” “We cannot and we will not have innocent children in a shelter with sexual offenders and predators. Period,” Judd posted to @PolkCoSheriff. The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida said Judd should “focus on preparing for Irma, not burnishing your Joe Arpaio-style ‘tough cop’ credentials with irresponsible tweets,” a reference to the former Maricopa County, Az., sheriff.

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