The Granite Shoals Police Department recently concocted a scheme to identify meth and heroin users in the Texas area. The police department created a Facebook post with breaking news that some of the meth and heroin supply contained the deadly disease Ebola.
The post, which was later deleted from the department’s page, read:
“Breaking News: Area Meth and Heroin Supply Possibly Contaminated With Ebola.
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 [to be] tested.”
Although most people who viewed the message understood the humor in it, one unlucky citizen named Chasity Eugina fell for the post and showed up to the police station.
Other Facebook users, including retired state officer Mel Lowman, felt as though a stunt such as this could result in “further loss of trust in police.”
Lowman’s comment, as well as a few others, forced a response from the Granite Shoals PD. They defended their actions, claiming that their Facebook page is used for traditional postings, but is also a place, “to show all parts of the enforcement world on Facebook® and that includes our sense of humor.”
This isn’t quite what Flava Flav meant when he said 911 is a joke — but it’s close.