Police Apologize for Using ‘The Purge’ Siren to Signal Coronavirus Curfew | 22 Words

Over half of the United States is now in lockdown and many cities have been issuing curfews to residents in a desperate bid to get this pandemic under control.

But police in Louisiana took things a step too far by blasting a siren used in The Purge to signal the curfew. The footage is so eery...

As of today, the U.S. has 400,549 active cases of the deadly virus.

via: Getty Images

This also includes 12,857 known deaths - the highest number of deaths in one country.

Our country appears to have become the new epicenter of the pandemic...

via: Getty Images

And without a doubt, we have become the hardest hit as of last month.

This news comes just weeks after President Trump said he wants the nation "opened up and just raring to go by Easter."

via: Getty Images

Trump has repeatedly expressed how eager he is to lift lockdowns within weeks, despite warnings from experts and doctors that if the nation returns to work, cases of the virus could spike once again. Little did he know...

New York seems to be the hotspot for coronavirus cases here in the States.

via: Getty Images

So much so, that last week, those who have been in New York, specifically, the New York metro area, are being asked to quarantine for fourteen days.

New York state alone has accounted for 142,384 cases...

via: Getty Images

And 5,489 deaths - most of which have occurred in New York City.

According to a New York doctor, the number of patients on ventilators "more than doubled" in the last 2 weeks.

via: Getty Images

Dr. Craig Smith, chair of the department of surgery at Columbia University Irving Medical Center in New York City, explained, "We have not exhausted our existing supply of ventilators but if we keep doubling every three days, we might."

Things are deadly serious...

via: Getty Images

But clearly, some people just don't realize the severity of the pandemic.

The recent scenes from Spring Break at Miami beach is a prime example...

via: Getty Images

And, quite frankly, it has painted a terribly embarrassing picture of our country as a whole.

The numbers of people infected with the virus almost doubled since the antics in Miami and Florida...

via: Getty Images

And if this doesn't teach the youngsters how serious this pandemic is, we honestly don't know what will.

Everyone working in healthcare has been affected by the pandemic...

via: Getty Images

And first responders and emergency service workers have been working around the clock in a desperate bid to help keep the numbers at bay.

We cannot thank these heroes enough...

via: Getty Images

But we can at least try through some public tributes!

A very public tribute was made last week in the heart of New York City.

via: Getty Images

The Empire State Building was magnificently lit up to say thank you to the first responders and the emergency service workers.

It was lit up to resemble a red siren which represented the heartbeat of the United States...

And it certainly didn't fail to do this!

But residents were left feeling a little unnerved by this tribute.

A giant flashing siren overlooking the entire city isn't exactly the most peaceful of atmospheres... is it?

Many described it as a "nightmare"...

And even though some people saw a humorous side to it, the vast majority didn't.

And we must admit...

It is pretty haunting to see a giant red siren flashing over the entire city.

But it seems that New York City isn't the only one alarming its residents unintentionally.

via: Getty Images

These are already tense times and what a community doesn't need is a siren being blasted through the streets... especially the siren from The Purge.

Yep, you heard that right.

via: IMDB

Earlier this week, police in Crowley, Louisiana issued a siren very similar to the one used in the horror movie, The Purge, to let residents know about the 9 pm curfew they had set for the lockdown.

For those who aren't familiar...

via: IMDB

The Purge is James DeMonaco’s 2013 horror-thriller about a fictional America where for one night it becomes legal to commit any crimes, including murder, for a twelve-hour period. The siren in The Purge is heard to signal that the killing and crime sprees can begin.

The siren eerily sounded through the empty streets and residential areas...

And it looked and sounded utterly terrifying.

The curfew prohibits citizens from leaving their homes between the local hours of 9 pm and 6 am...

And the police department said the curfew went into place because the city is located in the state’s Acadia Parish, which has "received the worst rating for the rapid spread of the virus, meaning it has been put into place in order to try and slow the spread."

Why they used a siren similar to that from The Purge is beyond us...

And it certainly worked in scaring a lot of local residents.

Crowley Police received a lot of backlash for the use of the siren...

via: Crowley Chief of Police

And the Police Chief Jimmy Broussard has now issued a statement of apology to his city.

Broussard had no idea that the siren resembled similarities to the movie...

He said in a statement to the local ABC news affiliate KATC that he was unaware the signal being used for the coronavirus curfew was the same signal heard in The Purge.

The chief assured citizens that The Purge siren would not be used again...

via: Getty

"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," he said.

Check out the harrowing sirens here...

And make sure to keep scrolling to check out how squirrels took over a local California park during lockdown...