Florida sheriff sued after threatening to scour hurricane shelters for criminals – New York News

In the anxious days leading up to Hurricane Irma’s landfall in Florida, first responders flooded social media with information about safety and shelter. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office was no exception.


It warned about the potential dangers of filling a bathtub with water, posted information about hurricane shelter openings and retweeted an offer from a local fire department that was helping people fill up sandbags.

RELATED: Irma weakens to tropical storm over Florida

But Sheriff Grady Judd had a different message for anyone with a pending arrest warrant or a checkered past. His tweets:

Now a man is suing the Polk County sheriff, saying the statements and deputies’ attempts to run background checks at hurricane shelters were unconstitutional and, worse, an unethical attempt to get desperate people to sacrifice their rights for…

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