DeSantis Had This to Say to Would-Be Looters in His State – Watch
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is making his position pretty clear to any would-be looters that want to take advantage of the hard-working citizens in his state after Hurricane Ian. He gave a stern warning: “Don’t even think about lotting.”
The massive storm devastated areas of southwest Florida this week leaving chaos, destruction, and death. The death toll is now at 45 people, but that number is expected to rise as search-and-rescue teams continue to move across the area.
Some people are planning to use the tragic circumstance to loot businesses. But the governor and his police are ready to stop them in their tracks.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office posted photos on social media of five individuals being arrested for looting.
“Sheriff Carmine Marceno means business and has taken a zero tolerance stance on looting. We are patrolling and you will be arrested if you partake in criminal activity,” the sheriff’s office declared in a Facebook post.
DeSantis is backing his officers from the top.
“They boarded up all the businesses, and there are people that wrote on their plywood, ‘you loot, we shoot,'” DeSantis said during a press conference near Fort Myers in southwest Florida. “At the end of the day, we are not going to allow lawlessness to take advantage of this situation. We are a law-and-order state, and this is a law-and-order community, so do not think that you’re going to go take advantage of people who’ve suffered misfortune.”
DeSantis did not back down from his tough law and order stance later in the day at another press conference in St. Augustine.
“The other thing we’re concerned about, particularly in those areas that were really hard hit, is we want to make sure we’re maintaining law and order,” DeSantis said. “Don’t even think about looting. Don’t even think about taking advantage of people in this vulnerable situation.”
“I can tell you, in the state of Florida, you never know what may be lurking behind somebody’s home,” DeSantis said. “I would not want to chance that if I were you, given that we’re a Second Amendment state.”
Florida is a law and order state.
Looting and lawlessness will not be tolerated. pic.twitter.com/8Ma9RuSlPq
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) October 1, 2022