So that anyone with an outstanding warrant seeking shelter from Hurricane Irma could be taken directly to jail.
Last week Florida Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd grabbed national headlines by tweeting his officers would be checking IDs at all FEMA shelters. Why?
The man suing Judd, Andres Borreno of Virginia, says he was discriminated against and Judd’s policy violates Fourth Amendment rights against unlawful search and seizure.
Wasting no time, Nexus Services, Inc., a legal group offering pro bono services, filed the suit for Barreno on Sunday. “Criminal suspicion is not raised by trying to enter an emergency shelter to save one’s life and the life of family members”.
“With a storm of Irma’s size and ferocity bearing down on the people of our state, Sheriff Judd should be working to prepare his community, not burnishing his Joe Arpaio-style “tough cop” credentials with a series of irresponsible tweets”, the statement said.
“This will endanger not only the lives of those who avoid shelters, but also the lives of the first responders under Sheriff Judd’s charge who will have to rescue the people he just told to stay in harm’s way”, the ACLU of Florida wrote on their Facebook page.
“[Judd’s] actions are reckless and unconstitutional”, Donovan’s statement concluded, “and he needs to be held accountable for his actions”.
Judd told the Orlando Sentinel, “They filed that lawsuit for free press, and it’s obviously frivolous”.