Police in the U.K. have been forced to remind people that they could be prosecuted for posting offensive or abusive messages online after dozens of social media users mocked the hairstyle of a fugitive.
Gwent Police posted a mugshot of 21-year-old Jermaine Taylor onto Facebook as part of an appeal to help find him. Taylor is being recalled to prison after he breached his license conditions, which were imposed following his release from jail on December 10, 2018.
Taylor had received a three-year sentence after being convicted of being concerned in supplying cocaine in September 2017.
Following the release of the mugshot, a slew of trolls and other Facebook users ridiculed the suspect because of his hair.
“Who done his hair? Moses?” wrote Kelly Rebecca Thomas. “He was last seen in town; Police are combing the area,” added Lea Hook.
After the post went viral, Gwent Police posted an update to remind people that they risk prosecution if they take the jokes and memes too far.
“Please remember that harassing, threatening and abusing people on social media can be against the law,” the force wrote.
“Our advice is to be as careful on social media as you would in any other form of communication.
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