The Internet Roasted Fugitive’s Mugshot, Police Say Anyone Joking About Man’s Receding Hairline Could Be Charged
If your mugshot is shared on social media by police, get ready to be roasted. November marks a year since the mugshot of Charles Dion McDowell AKA “Neck Guy” went viral. Another criminal’s mugshot has gone viral, but police are warning everyone that they could be charged for making fun of the man online.
We take you to the United Kingdom, where they don’t have a First Amendment that guarantees freedom of speech. Gwent Police in South Wales, U.K., posted the mugshot of Jermaine Taylor on their Facebook and Twitter accounts.
In 2017, Taylor was sentenced to three years in prison for a conviction of selling cocaine. Taylor was released in December, but violated his parole.
The point of the posts was to ask the public to provide any information that would lead to the arrest of the 21-year-old fugitive. Instead of providing tips on where to find Taylor, the online community shared brutally hilarious comments on the man’s receding hairline.
The now-deleted Facebook post quickly went viral with over 10,000 Likes, more than 14,000 Shares and over 80,000 comments, mostly jokes about the man’s hairdo.
“Looks like his hairline is on the run too.”
“This mans barber is the one that should be arrested.”
“That hairline been pushed back more times than Brexit.”
The Gwent Police were not thrilled with the comments and jokes so they issued a warning to people that they could be charged criminally for the jokes that were made online. Yes, really.
“Gwent Police would like to thank everyone who has liked, commented and shared our post over the last few days – and welcome to our new international followers,” the Gwent Police said. “We’re really grateful to everyone who is assisting us in locating Jermaine Taylor, and we must admit a few of these comments have made us laugh.”
“Please remember that harassing, threatening and abusing people on social media can be against the law,” they said. “Our advice is to be as careful on social media as you would in any other form of communication.” Nobody asked you for your advice. Literally nobody.
“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,” the no fun police said. ”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.”
I’m calling your bluff England.