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Houston Police Chief Comes Down Hard On Looters

The last thing survivors of Hurricane Harvey should have to deal with are looters, which is exactly why Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo has expressed a zero tolerance policy toward criminals.

On Tuesday, Acevedo said Houston police have arrested 14 looters – and they will face harsher punishment under the law given the circumstances:

Burglarizing a home would normally bring a penalty of two to 20 years in prison, but now brings five years to life.

“This is the state of Texas. We are a welcoming city, but we are not going to tolerate people victimizing others,” Acevedo said.

He said he will push for the fullest prosecution possible for any crimes committed during such a sensitive time.

Avecedo said that Houston officers arrested a group of looters with guns who were robbing survivors Monday night, as well as three looters at a Game Stop.

If that’s not bad enough, members of the Black Lives Matter movement are encouraging looters on Twitter to target white people and Trump supporters:

Because of the rampant looting, the city of Houston has instated a curfew from 12 a.m. to 5 a.m. that will remain in effect until further notice. But Acevedo has a warning for all would-be looters: “Don’t come to Houston because you’re going to be caught. That’s despicable behavior.”

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