(Tea Party 247) – A police department in the UK felt it necessary to warn social media users that mocking a criminal’s hairstyle could be illegal and lead to an investigation.
After the Gwent Police posted a picture of Jermaine Taylor, a wanted 21-year-old drug dealer, many users began mocking the young man’s funny hair, which appears to have been balding.
Taylor was released early on license, but subsequently breached his license condition and is now a wanted criminal, Summit News reports.
But he’s not the only one who could be arrested as a result of this Facebook post, apparently:
“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. 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,” read the message.
After the post received over 87,000 comments, the Gwent Police commented again, admitting that some of the users’ remarks had “made us laugh.”
“However, when the line is crossed from being funny to abusive, we do have to make sure we are responsible and remind people to be careful about what they write on social media,” they added.
The top rated comment on the post quipped, “He was last seen in town; Police are combing the area.”
Their Facebook followers properly chastized, the Gwent Police remains on the lookout for Taylor.
Another day fighting crime in the UK.