The police department in Crowley, Louisiana have issued an apology after using the Purge Siren to signal curfews in their small town.
Located in Acadia Parish, residents of Crowley were taken aback when sirens began blaring throughout the town to remind them that a curfew was in effect beginning at 9 pm. Of course, many recognized the sound effect from The Purge film franchise. The siren in the film signals beginning of the annual Purge, a 12-hour period, in which all crime is legal.
It was an unfortunate choice to say the least.
Deadline quoted one resident saying, “As if things aren’t bad enough, the Crowley Louisiana police department played The Purge siren to notify its citizens of the evening curfew.” The resident posted the video below.
Crowley Police Chief Jimmy Broussard said that he was unaware when they decided to use the siren that it was connected to the film, but the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Department took their apology one step further while distancing themselves from the actions of the Crowley police department.
“Last night a ‘Purge Siren’ was utilized by the Crowley Police Department as part of their starting curfew,” Acadia Parish Sheriff, K.P. Gibson said in the statement quoted in Entertainment Weekly. “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.”
The incident occurred on April 2, 2020.
We’re sure if they decide to do something like this again in the future, they will pay more attention to where they’re getting their sound effects from!