U.K. Police Tell Citizens They May Face Charges For Mocking Drug Dealer's Photo
Gwent, Wales – A wanted drug dealer’s hairstyle has led to a slew of comedic comments on a South Wales police department’s Facebook page, but police have cautioned that mocking the felon could be a prosecutable offense in some situations.
The Gwent Police Department (GPD) posted the image of 21-year-old Jermaine Taylor on Aug. 7.
According to police, Taylor was convicted of selling cocaine in 2017, and was sentenced to serve three years in prison.
He was later released on community supervision, but violated his conditions and was “recalled to prison,” the post read.
Police urged anyone with information about the wanted convict’s whereabouts to contact investigators.
But it was the photo showing Taylor’s receding hairline and unusual style that garnered a huge response.
“He was last seen in town; Police are combing the area,” one commenter wrote.
“Push his release date back further than this hair line,” another said. “That should teach him.”
Another user likened Taylor’s hairstyle to the Biblical parting of the Red Sea.
“Who done his hair? Moses?” the commenter asked.
“Looks like his hairline is on the run too,” another poster wrote.
“He’s vanished into thin hair,” one user quipped.
GPD’s post garnered nearly 90,000 comments and over 15,000 shares before they took it down.
“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,” the department wrote.
The GPD also warned that people should be careful about the comments they make online.
“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 agency noted. “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.”
“Thankfully…this is a very small number and the majority are doing a great job helping us day to day!” the department added.