Anyone familiar with “The Purge” franchise knows that every year, for a 12-hour period, the government makes all crime is legal once the alarm goes off in cities across the nation.
The police department in Crowley thought it would be a good idea to terrorize the Black residents with this same siren to announce a citywide COVID-19-related curfew.
Crowley Police Department chief Jimmy Broussard claims he was unaware that the siren is the same distinct alarm from “The Purge.” The department now plans on ditching the sire altogether, KATC reports.
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Yo Crowley, Louisiana really set off the purge alarm last night for their curfew. Saying it’s an old military siren that’s why they chose it. Mannn they are wrong for that hahaaaa
— Jessalyn (@_ModernDayHippi) April 5, 2020
According to reports, the coronavirus curfew begins at 9 p.m. and lasts until 6 a.m. The use of “The Purge” siren generated more than 500 comments on Facebook.
Nearby Acadia Parish Sheriff, K.P. Gibson, issued a statement on behalf of his department, directing the blame solely at Broussard.
“Last night a ‘Purge Siren’ was utilized by the Crowley Police Department as part of their starting curfew. We have received numerous complaints with the belief that our agency was involved in this process. We were not involved in the use of the ‘Purge Siren’ and will not utilize any type of siren for this purpose. Calls regarding this matter should be directed to the Crowley Police / Chief Broussard and not the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office,” wrote Gibson.
One resident said, “So the police played The Purge sound in Crowley, Louisiana last night. F*kn dickheads.”
Check out some additional reactions from locals below:
So the police played the purge sound in Crowley, Louisiana last night.. Fukn dickheads pic.twitter.com/olVLg8gjsl
— KANG (@RaspyRawls) April 4, 2020
Residents of a Louisiana Parish issued complaints last week after police signaled the start of a mandatory curfew by blasting a siren similar to one featured in the dystopian film franchise, “The Purge.”#MondayMorning
— ?? (@packetwrench) April 6, 2020
But the siren is going off right now; is this the Purge? https://t.co/zeA9yOeBbp
— Steve Oslica (@steveoslica) April 6, 2020
The cops out here wylin playin the Purge Siren during a towns curfew ? pic.twitter.com/F5bXMPyCPB
— COViLeggy-19™ (@CertifiedLeggy) April 5, 2020
Crowley cops really went around town playing the purge siren to announce the curfew ???? pic.twitter.com/dSY88mkPRq
— Pat Hundley (@patrickhundley_) April 3, 2020