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Man Tries To Shame Police - Gets Hit With Karma

One man might think twice the next time he considers making fun of law-enforcement officers.

According to The Sun, Callum Smith ridiculed the Dumfries Galloway Police Division by posting online a photo of a police van that appeared to be improperly parked in front of a store. The vehicle was just outside the parking space’s boundary lines. Smith put the image on the police division’s Facebook page, with the message: “Some parking at Tescos Dumfries tonight.”

Officers responded by coming up with a picture of Smith’s car sitting diagonally in a parking spot intended for handicapped drivers. “Thanks Callum,” the cops wrote. “Remember you parked in the same car park 5 years ago and tagged the photo the ‘polo way to park.’ Here’s the photo to remind you. Oh, and that’s also a disabled space.” The message ended with a winking emoji.

The police division came out on top in the online clash, according to most of those who reacted on social media. Many remarked that the officers had “won the Internet.” One person wrote, “Love a bit of karma,” while another exclaimed: “What a response! Totally, and utterly owned!” Someone else weighed in with the statement: “Hhaha u better get ur self to a&e for treatment for that buuurrrrrrn!!!”

The New Zealand website Stuff reported that other comments included: “Seriously, whoever is in charge of this page needs a pay rise for being so savage”, and “Think someone might need some water; they have just been burned.” Smith admitted he had lost the war of words with police. “Credit where it’s due,” he wrote.

Not everyone thinks it is funny when cops shame people online. The Associated Press reported in July that police departments were coming under fire for posting Facebook videos of their encounters with the public. In Taunton, Mass., officers shared a clip of a motorist slamming into six mailboxes, then allegedly sounding drunk while telling a cop she had a lizard in her bra. Other departments have posted mugshots of suspects, along with derogatory descriptions of them.

Civil-rights advocates argue that no one should be subjected to such treatment, especially before being found guilty of a crime. “It makes them the butt of a joke on what for many people is probably their worst day,” Arisha Hatch of the Color of Change organization told the AP. “The impact of having a mugshot posted on social media for all to see can be incredibly damaging for folks that are parents, for folks that have jobs, for folks that have lives they have to come back to.”

When officers shared the video of the allegedly drunken driver in Massachusetts, one person responded on Facebook: “Hey Taunton Police Department ... Your holier than thou attitude is part of the reason why people don’t like/don’t respect police.” One of the cops responsible for the post told an interviewer: “I guess I don’t see a problem with it. Can you go too far? I guess you could. I don’t think I did. I’m just trying to report what’s happening.” The officer said the police chief had warned him to “tone it down a little bit.”

Source: The Sun, Stuff
Photo: Facebook

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