A male homo sapien* from New Jersey was arrested in Henryville, Indiana, on Wednesday and is going to be charged with burglary. The facts of the case seem to be that this primate, who isn't from the area and has no connection to Henryville, was cutting out the copper wiring from homes that were destroyed by the tornadoes that hit the area on Friday. When neighbors confronted him and called the police, he ran off and and hid in the woods. According to news reports, his excuse was that he was gathering up the copper so that it could be kept away from scavengers.
Please forgive me if I don't buy it.
I'm not advocating extra-judicial lynchings of looters, but I wouldn't shed a tear if someone who is looting is turned into the police in less than showroom condition.
I make a judgement call when it comes to people who take things from rubble. If you're taking the necessities of life, such as food, medicine, water, or clothing, so that you or others can live, that's not looting to me. Maybe it can be taken too far, and sometimes it can be outright thievery if you're taking things that you can tell belong to and are being used by others, but if you're going into the ruins to find a loaf of bread for your kids, I won't condemn you.
Looters on the other hand, I have no sympathy for. Those who take advantage of bad situations to personally profit by stealing non-essentials like painkillers, recyclable metals, money, or high-dollar items should be given a quick trial and a quicker punishment. Maybe we're beyond the use of lampposts and hemp to correct the issue, but I would see nothing wrong with someone who's been caught stealing copper from the ruins of someone's home being chained with similar pieces of human garbage and forced to work off their debt to society clearing out the stuff the tornado left behind.
In the event that this scum is found guilty, I hope he's sent to the worst prison that Indiana has for as long as the law provides. In the meantime, I hope that the fact that the people of Indiana and Kentucky won't stand for this nonsense gets through to others who might have the same idea.
*I refuse to call this bad example of our shared gene pool a man.