British Police Threaten to Prosecute Those Who Mock Them on Facebook

West Yorkshire Police threatened to prosecute Facebook users for making fun of a drug bust that showed a tiny amount of cannabis confiscated from a young man.

***Cannabis Seized***
PCSO 687 Ian Campbell and PCSO 882 Ben Hughes attended Walton colliery nature park and seized a small quantity of Cannabis from a young man who was parked up alone.
Walton Colliery nature park will be firmly on our patrol plan in the future to prevent this behaviour.

“Wow that’s put a dent in the war on drugs,” one poster laughed, and many others offered critical or mocking input.

The Police responded by threatening to prosecute those who post comments that insult or offend them.

From West Yorkshire Police – Wakefield Rural

Unfortunately we have had to ban a number of people from using this page today. I would like to remind everyone that this is a Police page and whatever your thoughts on one of my officers seizing drugs in the community, being insulting, abusive or offensive can and will result in a prosecution under the Malicious Communications Act 1988.

We will not overlook the significant harm that illegal drugs cause to our communities. We know from experience that this can progress from using what are perceived to be recreational drugs to more addictive and harmful substances and the resulting criminality used to fund their continued use.

Please use this page with respect or you will be banned and maybe even prosecuted

Police Inspector Martin Moizer.

At the time of this writing, the West Yorkshire Police’s post threatening to prosecute social media users who offend them has over 4.1K comments.