A Florida sheriff has created a storm of his own after tweeting that his deputies would be arresting and incarcerating anyone with open warrants who sought shelter from Hurricane Irma.
The historically gigantic storm is currently pummeling Puerto Rico and other islands in the Caribbean. It is expected to hit Florida by Sunday, per ABC News.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd originally tweeted that his deputies would be checking IDs at shelters in order to separate children and families from sexual offenders.
But then he added to his original tweet with a smug promise.
Announcing an intention to “lock up” anyone with an outstanding warrant may have the effect of discouraging people from seeking shelter, reports Business Insider, and may lead to additional deaths and injuries from Hurricane Irma — the second-strongest storm ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean.
The Florida ACLU condemned the sentiment, saying “Sheriff Judd’s threatening tweets send the message that these individuals must choose between facing a natural disaster without aid and shelter or going to jail over things like unpaid traffic tickets.”
The statement concluded with: “Sheriff Judd should be working to prepare his community, not burnishing his Joe Arpaio-style ‘tough cop’ credentials.”