Looting Begins In Houston As Distracted Police Rescue Over 2,000 From Floodwaters
With Houston’s police force desperately spread across the city, having rescued an estimated 2,000 people so far from floodwaters, Houston PD Chief Art Acevedo has announced that Houston PD officers have arrested looters.
While the scenes of devastation across Houston are depressing, the following clip could be the most depressing…
— VM (@myhtopoeic) August 28, 2017
The video shows two males carrying televisions over their heads. It is not clear which store the goods were stolen from.
Houston PD Chief Acevedo tweeted…
Some people thought they’d loot and find themselves in jail thanks to the men and women of @houstonpolice.
— Chief Art Acevedo (@ArtAcevedo) August 27, 2017
And as Blue Lives Matter reports, the city of Houston is facing catastrophic flooding, which looters see as an opportunity. Houston PD Chief Art Acevedo has announced that Houston PD officers have arrested looters, but it’s not clear if the arrested looters are related to the people looting in the video. The exact location of the looting is not clear, but some of it is taking place in a Family Dollar store.
Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez reassured Houstonians early Monday that the county jail remains open and deputies are patrolling the city.
“To crooks out there, be warned! No looting & burglaries,” Gonzalez tweeted.
“We will not have it. My jail is open and you will be arrested & charged.”
The Houston police dispatched officers on boats that were sent through streets where the floodwater reached the pumps at gas stations, and officials said they had conducted waves of rescue operations. While urging residents to stay off the roads, police have asked people with high-water vehicles and boats to assist in rescue efforts.
In Houston, the fire department responded to more 4,000 water-related calls for service. Police rescued 2,000 people in the city, and another 185 critical rescue requests were still pending, Art Acevedo, the Houston police chief, said at a news briefing Monday.
“The goal is rescue,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said at the briefing. “That’s the major focus for the day.”
Given Texas gun laws, we suggest looters be more than a little wary. However, as Chorn reports, several areas are now facing mandatory evacuations.