VIDEO: EBR Sheriff discusses reason for curfew, public safety concerns

VIDEO: EBR Sheriff discusses reason for curfew

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Governor John Bel Edwards issued an executive order granting Sheriff Sid Gautreaux the ability to issue a curfew for EBR Parish effective Tuesday, August 16 at 10 p.m. until Wednesday, August 17 at 6 a.m.

"We still have flooding within the parish, first responders working to rescue and recover, significant power outages and devastated residences and businesses," EBR Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said.

During a press conference Sheriff Gautreaux explained his reasons for requesting the declaration and referenced more than a dozen looting arrests that were made by multiple agencies Monday.

"I fully support residents that are beginning the recovery and cleanup of their property during daylight hours, and we will not impede anyone going to and from work. Our primary concerns are the safety of residents and responders and the protection of property," Sheriff Gautreaux said. "I have an obligation to secure the property of the public and business owners. A curfew is one way to not only secure the safety of residents and first responders, but also curb criminal activity such as looting."

The curfew will remain in place until conditions in the parish improve.

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