As Louisiana becomes the newest coronavirus hot spot in the United States, local authorities are under fire by citizens for using a siren from the horror film The Purge to announce the start of a coronavirus-enforced curfew.
In a video posted to social media, the terrifying alarm from the horror movie can be heard being blared by police in Crowley, Louisiana, warning residents in the area to hole up inside for the night.
For those who haven’t seen it, The Purge is about a dystopian America in which a sadistic government institutes a 12-hour national holiday on which all crimes are allowed.
Officers drove around town blaring the siren on their loudspeakers, KATC reported. Of course, some people who saw the movie were a bit unnerved.
“As if things aren’t bad enough, the Crowley Louisiana police department played ‘The Purge’ siren to notify its citizens of the evening curfew,” groused one observer on a Facebook repost of the viral clip.
“These are clear and present scare tactics,” commented another on YouTube.
Since the incident, Crowley Police has told residents that the curfew siren will be changed to the regular sirens.
Chief Jimmy Broussard told KATC he was not familiar with the association to The Purge.
Arcadia Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to the use of the siren, saying they weren’t involved.
“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 … not the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office,” Sheriff K.P. Gibson posted.