The trouble does not come alone: ​​as hurricanes and other disasters bring with them waves of looting

Hurricane Florence is raging in the States, which has already killed at least 18 people. Because of the strong wind, millions of homes were left without electricity. And even though the hurricane has weakened to the level of a tropical depression, large water continues to flow, warming more and more territories.

Alas, the troubles in such cases are not only from bad weather. Often, when the element subsides a little, the criminals, taking advantage of the situation, rob shops and houses. So far, there have been no cases related to Florence, but, as history proves, this is a common practice in this situation.

Hurricane Harvey, riots in Los Angeles and power outages in New York 70s. As the waves of looting captured the US in the past, read our material.

In the final days of the summer of 2017, in Houston, Texas, after passing through the Harvey tropical storm, nearly two dozen people were arrested on suspicion of looting empty houses and shops. A curfew was imposed to prevent looting in the capital of Texas.

In September 2017, after passing through the hurricane “Irma”, which was also called “the strongest hurricane of the decade”, the Caribbean was flooded with a wave of looting. For example, the island of St. Martin (pictured), overseas territory of France and the Netherlands, after passing the elements became a hotbed of violence, so the army and the police were sent here. Britain also declared an emergency on the Virgin Islands and deployed troops on its overseas territory - the island of Anguilla, which was also badly damaged by the hurricane.

Also, "Irma" pretty battered and Florida. At the same time, the marauders helped the elements to smash the city, so a curfew was introduced in Miami-Dade County.


In Florida, riots and looting began during the passage of the elements. They continued even after the bad weather had subsided.

On the frames caught in the network, you can seeas a group of African Americans in several cars rob a large warehouse store. Young people and girls take out boxes with shoes, clothing and equipment in whole packages. Within a few minutes, they had practically emptied the warehouse, plunged the loot into the cars, and left. Some of them covered their faces with hoods, others did not even consider it necessary to hide.

Miami-Dade County police in Florida detained 28 people for theft and looting during Hurricane Irma.

Sexology psychologist Veronica Stepanova, who lives in Miami, showed the consequences of the hurricane and compared the United States with Russia, where "everyone would have smashed and carried out."

Unfortunately, everything is not so rosy. Looting in America has a long and bloody history. Over the past forty years, the United States has experienced howat least three large-scale waves of robberies and pogroms.

First- A power outage in New York from July 13-14, 1977, which was accompanied by mass robberies, arson and other unrest.

The economic crisis of the 1970s led to the impoverishment of the inhabitants of the "black" neighborhoods of New York. The power outage was perceived by them as an opportunity to expropriate the property of wealthy citizens. In the central quarters of Manhattan, unprecedented mass looting began.Robbers attacked shops and houses of wealthy residents. To divert the attention of the police, marauders set fire to buildings - 1077 arsons were registered in the city. During the 1977 power outage, the police arrested over four thousand people.

Second wavelooting fell on riots in Los Angeles, provoked by the brutal beating of black Rodney King (April 29 - May 4, 1992).

Then hostilities literally began on the streets: what emerged as a black riot, turned into clashes, looting, arson and looting, in which representatives of all races were involved. In Los Angeles, over 5,500 buildings burned down, hundreds of stores were destroyed, and the total damage caused to retail chains was estimated at $ 1.2 billion. Riots spread to San Francisco. Over a hundred stores were looted there.

Hurricane Katrina, which destroyed New Orleans from 28 to 29 August 2005, gave rise tothird scale wave of lootingin modern US history.

At night, New Orleans became a war zone, where street gangs fought among themselves and weakened police forces.The paint was written on the windows of many shops: “Fire will be opened on the marauders”. Intelligence agencies got the right to shoot the robbers directly from helicopters, but the exact number of people killed in the process of plundering after the hurricane Katrina is still unknown.

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