Crowley, Louisiana police issued an apology for using the siren from ‘The Purge’ to signal the 9 pm curfew, which was put into effect due to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak.
The curfew bans citizens from leaving their homes between the local hours of 9 pm and 6 am. The police department said the curfew went into effect because the city is located in the state’s Acadia Parish, which has “received the worst rating for the rapid spread of the virus. It has been put into place in order to try and slow the spread.”
Police are giving tickets to people who violate the curfew. People traveling to or from work must have documentation from their employer.
The police reportedly used the same alarm heard in “The Purge,” James DeMonaco’s 2013 horror-thriller about a fictional America where one night it becomes legal for people to commit any crimes, including murder for 12-hours. The alarm in “The Purge” is a signal that it is okay to start killing.
Crowley Police chief Jimmy Broussard said in a statement to the local ABC news affiliate KATC, which he says he was unaware the signal being used for the coronavirus crew was the same signal in “The Purge”. The police chief assured citizens the “Purge” siren will not be used in the future.
“Last night a ‘Purge Siren’ was utilized by the Crowley Police Department as part of their starting curfew,” the statement said. “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 and Chief Broussard and not the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office.”
In relevant news, Universal Pictures is scheduled to release the next “Purge” movie in theaters this summer. However, production is likely to be delayed due to the coronavirus. Moreover, the movie studio was not associated with the police department’s use of “The Purge” siren.