There is a reason why “dumb criminals” is actually a term, but Chasity Hopson of East Texas may have taken the whole stereotype of a “dumb criminal” to the next level.
It all began when the Granite Shoals Police Department issued a warning about Ebola-tainted drugs on Facebook last Tuesday, even leading into it with a “breaking news” graphic.
The post is a warning, it reads, and cautions anyone who may have bought meth or heroin in Central Texas to not use it until it has been taken to local authorities in order to be tested for Ebola with a “special device.”
“Meth and Heroin recently brought in to Central Texas as well as the ingredients used to make it could be contaminated with the life threatening disease Ebola. If you have recently purchased meth or heroin in Central Texas, please take it to the local police or sheriff department so it can be screened with a special device. DO NOT use it until it has been properly checked for possible Ebola contamination! Contact any Granite Shoals PD officer for testing. Please share in hopes we get this information to anyone who has any contaminated meth or heroin that needs tested.”
Chasity Hopson saw the warning and began to worry that her own hoard of meth may contain the deadly Ebola virus. And since no one wants Ebola in their meth, Chasity took the officers at their word and took her drugs to the police station to have her meth tested for Ebola with the “special device.”
Hopson ended up being booked on drug charges after willingly handing over her meth to the police. The police department detailed the arrest on their Facebook page.
“This morning, we had our first concerned citizen notify the Granite Shoals Police Department that they believed their methamphetamine may be tainted. Our officers gladly took the item for further testing. Results and booking photos are pending.
“Please continue to report any possibly tainted methamphetamine or other narcotics to the Granite Shoals Police Department. Public health and safety continue to remain our #1 priority. #notkidding.”
The police department later shared Chasity Hopson’s identity, as it is public information, calling her the “winner” of their Facebook challenge.
The following is PUBLIC INFORMATION. And the winner of the Facebook post challenge is: Name HOPSON, CHASITY EUGINA http://txburnetodyprod.tylerhost.net/PublicAccess/JailingDetail.aspx?JailingID=71768
Posted by Granite Shoals Police Department on Friday, March 25, 2016
Most of the people who initially viewed the post said it was funny, but there were some who viewed it as “unprofessional,” or simply mean.
“If health and safety are your priority, perhaps you should look into treating drug use as a public health issue rather a criminal one. PD may think its stupid trick is clever, but from the outside it kind of just looks like your taking advantage of unwell individuals and then bragging about it,” wrote one social media user.
“You think making a joke out of a person with a drug addiction (health problem) and questionable mental health, who was also willing to seek help from the police, makes you look human? Telling. Way to be, guys. Who does this serve and protect again?” wrote another.
But Granite Shoals Police Department responded that it was simply meant to be funny, and to “show all parts of the enforcement world […] and that includes our sense of humor.”
“I hope this will allow you to see who we are, humans, just like you. We have families, friends, lives, laugh, cry, and bleed all the same,” the department said on its Facebook page.
What do you think? Is the police department’s “warning” about Ebola-tainted meth funny — and, apparently, effective — or is it unprofessional?
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