2017-09-12 03:35:51 UTC
As Hurricane Irma barreled toward Florida last week, police in
the coastal city of Fort Lauderdale announced that they would
not be retreating indoors.
On the contrary, Police Chief Rick Maglione wrote: All regular
days off and leave have been canceled in order to maximize the
number of officers on the streets.
Officers would stand guard on drawbridges over roiling waters,
he promised, and deploy throughout the city lest anyone get an
urge to loot or steal amid the chaos to come.
The teams will work 24/7 with the sole mission to apprehend
criminals, Maglione wrote. They are quite good at what they
Predictably, as the storm moved up Floridas southern tip over
the weekend, mug shots began to show up on the police
departments Twitter feed.
Cant say we didnt warn you, police wrote, above the photos
of two men arrested on burglary charges Saturday night.
But those warnings werent enough, apparently.
In the rain-filtered daylight of Sunday, nine people lined up
outside a hole smashed into the window of a sportswear store.
Some of them ducked into the hole and then scrambled out, arms
loaded with shoe boxes in full view of a passing news crew,
which captured the scene on video.
They're all black.