It could be a crime to mock this criminal’s hairstyle

Police in South Wales threatened to investigate rude comments about a drug dealer’s mugshot.

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Police in Gwent, South Wales posted a mugshot of a convicted drug dealer to Facebook last week to appeal for information. Jermaine Taylor is being recalled to prison for breaching his release conditions.

The mugshot attracted over 11,000 likes and nearly 90,000 comments, most of which were about Taylor’s unfortunate hairstyle:

‘Who did his hair? Moses?’, commented one user. ‘He was last seen in town – police are combing the area’, joked another.

But Gwent Police didn’t see the funny side. They warned social-media users that by poking fun at the convicted criminal, they could be committing a crime:

‘Harassing, threatening and abusing people on social media can be against the law… 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.’

This is not the first time British coppers have suffered a sense of humour failure. In recent years, YouTuber Count Dankula was convicted over a skit in which he teaches his pet pug to do a Nazi salute. Comedian Jo Brand was recently investigated for a joke she performed on a comedy radio show. A man who posted a limerick about trans women was tracked down and given a stern talking to by a police officer. All in all, around nine people are arrested every day for making comments on the internet that the police deem offensive.

Today’s PC police often treat humour as hate speech and comedy as a crime. Let’s kick the cops off social media and defend our right to have a laugh.

Picture by: Gwent Police.

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Comments

Marvin Jones

16th August 2019 at 9:11 pm

Who stole the ribbons? Miss Piggy, all dressed up.

Jerry Owen

13th August 2019 at 4:19 pm

Not many comments on this thread… I guess it’s hair today gone tomorrow.

Alex Cameron

12th August 2019 at 10:13 pm

Surely the headline should have been

It could be a crime to mock this ‘criminal hairstyle’

Linda Payne

12th August 2019 at 7:52 pm

How could this idiocy have been PERMitted?

Hana Jinks

12th August 2019 at 7:14 pm

“Police are combing the area….”

It isn’t funny at all that these fascists would be attempting to classify this as any of harassment, threats or abuse. Western governments are mocking us now, and using the gestapo in an extremely heavy-handed way. It’s all about totalitarianism, and robbing us to fund diversity-communism.

Hana Jinks

12th August 2019 at 7:15 pm

Eric Praline.

Blow up ur telly.

Winston Stanley

12th August 2019 at 7:07 pm

One could drive a horse and cart through that argument.

Jim Lawrie

12th August 2019 at 5:35 pm

Maybe he hasn’t absconded but has just decided to hunt down whoever did that with him.

Or could those tufts be to give his fellow jailbirds something to hold onto?

John Ginty

12th August 2019 at 5:18 pm

Political Correctness gone nuts. And I say this as a retired Police officer with 37 years experience under my belt. The Police ought to be concentrating on their prime function which is preventing and detecting crime, not this pseudo Liberal psycho babble.

Jerry Owen

12th August 2019 at 4:50 pm

Bobby Charlton has nothing to worry about !

Frank Sutton

12th August 2019 at 3:33 pm

The awol druggie has probably changed his ridiculous hair style in to evade recognition. Method in his madness, perhaps.

Winston Stanley

12th August 2019 at 7:11 pm

He has a Mohican now to throw them off the scent.

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