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A new state law will allow police to arrest people who don’t leave town under mandatory evacuation orders.
As it stands, officials cannot compel people to evacuate, only warn that those who stay behind won’t have any emergency services at their disposal. The new law gives county judges and mayors the power to authorize use of “reasonable force” to remove people from the area.
The law, passed this year, takes effect Sept. 1, in the heart of hurricane season in Texas. It also applies to other disasters, such as fires or floods.
Originally posted by opal13
Well, it is understandable they would do it as so many people think nothing will happen to them, then they are stuck or injured and it is costly to have to go in and rescue them. On the other hand, it depends on what kind of force they use. I say ok, if you don't go when it is mandatory and someone then you have to be rescued or taken food or medically treated, then yes, you pay for it and pay a fine as well, otherwise, it ought to be a case of you stayed, deal with it. But then again, you have the idiots that think because they were stupid people should come running. I dunno, there's a fine line in this one.
Originally posted by ModernAcademia
I remember some vidoes on youtube
I think it was maybe dateline, not sure though
this old woman didn't want to leave her home, maybe during katrina not sure.
police came in, but looked like private contractors, and beat the woman up.
excessive force was definately used and she was an old woman.
Originally posted by jam321
Yes, but what if they force you to go to a more dangerous place.
When Rita came to Texas, I remembered them pushing most of Houston toward East Texas. The storm was predicted to hit Houston. It took a cousin of mine 17 hours to make a two hour trip.
Wouldn't you know the storm shifted at the last moment and headed toward East Texas. All these people followed orders to escape the Hurricane only to run into it at the last moment.
I say if you are crazy enough to ignore the warnings, then stay. Just don't be calling for help once your boat starts to sink.