UK Police threaten to investigate people who make fun of fugitive's hair on social media

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Authorities in the United Kingdom have warned people online against mocking the hairstyle of a wanted convicted drug dealer or they could face their own criminal charges.
The Gwent Police Department in South Wales had posted to Facebook to appeal for information about 21-year-old Jermaine Taylor from Newport, who violated his parole after being released from prison in December.

Taylor had received a 3-year sentence for supplying controlled drugs, cocaine, after being sentenced in court in September 2017.

The department took to Facebook and posted the 21-year-old's mugshot, in addition to an appeal for information. But the image -- which showed a receding hairline -- quickly went viral with more than 13,000 shares, 10,000 likes and over 81,000 comments.

Many in the comment section took to making jokes and puns on Taylor's hair.

But authorities found the comments no laughing matter, and replied: "please remember that harassing, threatening and abusing people on social media can be against the law."

"Our advice is to be as careful on social media as you would in any other form of communication," police wrote. "If you say something about someone which is grossly offensive or is of an indecent, obscene or menacing character, then you could be investigated by the police."




Fugitive's receding hair mocked on Facebook, spurring warning from police








A "haircut" like that requires ridicule and derision...it's a moral imperative.
 

johnflesh

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I wouldn't brush aside a threat like that so easily. I'm sure lawyers are bristling with legalese to challenge this motion. I'm not sure if that is on the right, or the left, or straight down the center but the law plays a part. Hopefully people can gel under the circumstances, but you can't just put it under your hat either.

In the US we'd have such a police force by the short and curlies.
 
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Pointing out the law is not a threat.

"Our advice is to be as careful on social media as you would in any other form of communication," police wrote. "If you say something about someone which is grossly offensive or is of an indecent, obscene or menacing character, then you could be investigated by the police."

Reading comprehension is apparently not your strong suit, so you are excused.
 
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Lefties in this country would be besides themselves if they couldn't make fun of Trump's hair.
That's the right of all of Americans, not just lefties...

I do give him credit for walking out in public with that thing on his head.