Reporter slammed on social media for alerting the police to ‘looters’

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With all eyes on the growing tragedy in Houston, one reporter was being taken to task for his prioritizing of events. After noticing what he called “looters,” ABC’s Tom Llamas was being criticized by many on social media for his response.

Llamas is an anchor for the network’s “World News Tonight” and is on the ground in Houston covering the effects of Hurricane Harvey. While there, he spotted something that he felt compelled to not only tweet to his followers, but report to police as well.

His tweet read: “#Breaking We’re witnessing looting right now at a large supermarket in the NE part of Houston & police have just discovered a body nearby.”

Many Twitter users took issue with the fact that he Tweeted about the looters before the body. Others were upset at the idea of characterizing people getting food during a disaster as “looters.”