REPORT: Polk Sheriff Sued Over "Tough Cop" Approach To Hurricane Irma

A Florida sheriff is facing a lawsuit over his Twitter announcement that people seeking shelter from Hurricane Irma would be given background checks, NBC News reported.

Andres Borreno, member of a Virginia legal services organization ferrying undocumented immigrants to shelters ahead of Irma, argued in his suit that Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd "misused emergency shelters as unlawful pedestrian checkpoints to conduct suspicionless warrant/criminal background checks on human beings desperate for shelter."

Borreno sent families away from a Polk County shelter when he learned they'd have to have an ID card and submit to warrant and background checks, the group's chief executive said.

A spokeswoman for Judd said the sheriff, busy dealing with the hurricane, hasn't read the lawsuit.

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