Although the streets will not be safe during the passing of Hurricane Irma the detention of homeless against their will seems harsh
(INTELLIHUB) — As Hurricane Irma approaches officials gave about 1,100 of Miami’s homeless an ultimatum, either go to storm shelters willingly or be detained under a Florida mental illness law.
Chairman of the Miami-Dade Homeless Trust Ron Brooke told the Associated Press that authorities will likely be using the “Baker Act” against homeless who are stubborn.
The law was passed in 1971 and allows authorities to institutionalize patients for up to 72 hours in order to evaluate them mentally.
All of this raises questions after a homeless man from Houston who survived Hurricane Harvey told a reporter that two local shelters were “killing everybody.”
“Salvation Army and Russian Winds homeless shelter where they were accepting people were caught killing everybody that was in there,” the man told NBC.
It’s not known if the man interviewed was mentally ill or not as his claims remain unverified.