Buffalo Store Owners Stop Looters with ‘2A Justice’ after Historic Storm

Buffalo officials said Monday multiple arrests have been made for looting after a historic and deadly winter storm hit western New York over Christmas weekend.

But the cops couldn’t be everywhere and some store owners had to take up arms and use “2A justice” to stop the looters.

“Our officers have responded to several reports,” Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said at a news conference Monday afternoon.

“We have made a few arrests, we have intervened in some of those.

“We have assisted at least one location that I’m aware of in getting a store boarded up.”

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said: “People who are out looting when people are losing their lives in this harsh winter storm is just absolutely reprehensible.

“I don’t know how these people can even live with themselves, how they can look at themselves in the mirror.

“They are the lowest of the low.

“And from some of the pictures that we’ve seen in social media of these looters, they’re not looting foods and medicines.

“They’re just looting items that they want.

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“So, these aren’t even people in distress.

“These are people that are taking advantage of a natural disaster and the suffering of many in our community to take what they want from retailers – also, potentially putting emergency response services at risk in the communities where they are looting.”

Gov. Kathy Hochul warned against price gouging saying:

“Price gouging is illegal and we have the attorney general’s office and our state is prepared to investigate any complaints of price gouging.

“Those who engage in this disgusting practice at a time when people in our community are hurting, that they’re trying so hard to get basic necessities, there’s a scarcity because stores have been closed since Friday, well then, shame on them.

“And they’re going to meet the law in a way they probably did not encounter.

“So we’re going to be going after them.”

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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