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Chattahoochee Valley “Purge” is an urban legend, police say

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A flyer has been posted and shared on social media, saying there will be a “purge” in Phenix City/Columbus on August 22nd, 8PM – 6AM. A flyer has been posted and shared on social media, saying there will be a “purge” in Phenix City/Columbus on August 22nd, 8PM – 6AM.
The campaign originated from the horror movie The Purge: Anarchy, released July 18. The film creates a world in which the government lifts every law for a 12-hour period, making all crimes — including murder — legal and suspending all emergency services. The campaign originated from the horror movie The Purge: Anarchy, released July 18. The film creates a world in which the government lifts every law for a 12-hour period, making all crimes — including murder — legal and suspending all emergency services.
Several police departments across the Chattahoochee Valley are reassuring concerned citizens that there will be no real-life "purge" after a social media campaign spread across Facebook on Tuesday.

A flyer has been posted and shared on social media, saying there will be a “purge” in Phenix City/Columbus on August 22nd, 8PM – 6AM. Another flyer says there will be a “purge” in Valley after the Valley/Lanett football game on Friday, August 22nd.

The campaign originated from the horror movie The Purge: Anarchy, released July 18. The film creates a world in which the government lifts every law for a 12-hour period, making all crimes — including murder — legal and suspending all emergency services.

After a social media scare in Louisville that started with a "fun" post from a high school student, officials in Alabama and Georgia are reassuring concerned citizens that there will be no real-life "purge."

Phenix City Police issued the following statement on their Facebook page:

“The Phenix City Police Department has received numerous calls today about a post and photo on Facebook. This viral post on the social media website is warning of “The Purge” this weekend. The Purge is a popular horror movie that has a plot about crime without consequences and a 24 hour period without laws. This is an urban legend and is not a credible threat. The original post was started by a young teen in Kentucky and has gone viral on the internet across the country. The Phenix City Police Department takes all threats to our community serious and assures that no credible threats have been made. However, anyone in this city using this post to make threats to the community or to cause public alarm can be charged with terroristic threats and unlike the movie there will be consequences. Our patrol division will be on heightened alert this weekend for any possible disturbances.”

Chief Tommy Weldon of the Valley Police Department also took to Facebook and wrote on the Police Department’s Facebook page:

“On Tuesday morning, August 19th, 2014, Officers of the Valley Police Department were made aware of a facebook posting concerning "The Purge" after the Valley/Lanett Game to be played Friday, August 22nd, 2014. The juvenile who posted this on facebook has been interviewed by law enforcement authorities and we will continue to monitor any facebook postings of this nature. We would like to encourage all Valley and Lanett Football Fans to come out Friday night at Panther Stadium and enjoy the game with us.”


David Hurst

David Hurst, a graduate of the Univ. of Georgia, is News 3's nightside reporter.
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