UK Police Suggest Prosecution For Those Mocking Tiny Drug Bust Online

UK Police Suggest Prosecution For Those Mocking Tiny Drug Bust Online

While the stigma surrounding weed has decreased, there are still, of course, a lot of exceptions to the current zeitgeist. The UK might be the biggest example of a country that stays behind the eightball concerning marijuana acceptance. Today, however, they might have taken ‘unacceptance’ to a whole different level, as UK police suggest prosecution for those mocking tiny drug bust online.

Apparently, They Don’t Have Bigger Fish To Fry

UK Police Suggest Prosecution For Those Mocking Tiny Drug Bust Online

After what was perhaps the tiniest drug bust in human history, West Yorkshire Police chose to Facebook to split the cannabis ‘haul’ they were able to seize from a youthful Wakefield man.

“PCSO 687 Ian Campbell and PCSO 882 Ben Hughes attended Walton colliery nature park and seized a small quantity of Cannabis from a young guy who was parked up alone,” the Facebook post read. “Walton Colliery nature park will be firmly on our patrol strategy in the future to avoid this behavior. ”

Inevitably, after the Police department’s post, commenters began to have a field day with the mind-numbing ‘criminal’ exploitation.

“Is this satire,” one commenter asked.

“Hope you can nail Pablo Escobar this afternoon,” another joked.

Unhappy with the narrative surrounding their landmark drug bust, the Facebook page updated their post–this time, with a stern warning.

Officers Respond To Criticism

“Please use this page with respect or you’ll be prohibited and possibly even prosecuted,” PC Moizer wrote. “I want to remind everyone that this is a Police page and all of your thoughts on one of my officers seizing drugs in the community, being insulting, abusive or offensive can and will result in a prosecution under the Malicious Communications Act 1988. ”

Regardless of the officer’s warning, commenters weren’t deterred. Several hundred additional comments poured in after the post’s update. Specifically, about their rights being infringed upon.

“Freedom of speech and expression. It’s allowed in this country, but funny that you just busted an entire gram lmao, the cartels are fearful,” one commenter wrote.

“Doesn’t seem to understand that he’s a public servant in a progressive democracy or where his wage comes from!! Free speech you moron,” said one angry member of the page.

Besides their freedom of speech being compromised, many also contested the department’s allocation of budget and time.

“Yorkshire has been a breeding ground for grooming gangs for decades and this is exactly what the West Yorkshire authorities choose to brag about on social networking. EMBARRASSING. ”

While there was a tiny portion of support for the police department’s exploits, it certainly wasn’t significant. If we had to estimate, about one out of every 75 comments trapped for the authorities if even that. At this point in time, it’s no secret that the prohibition version has proved ineffective. The sooner the authorities realize that the better–for their own sake.

Released at Sat, 12 May 2018 13:30:10 +0000

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