Officers in hard-hit NYC get roasted for celebrating bust while posing in improperly worn mask
Plainclothes transit division officers with New York’s finest got their man — a guy who hopped a subway turnstile and was found with some dime bags in his backpack — but the self-congratulatory photo that followed has brought real heat to the heat.
“Some people may disagree — but transporting ziplock bags of marijuana & a digital scale in your backpack does not make you an essential traveler in the eyes of the Transit police. Hopping a turnstile while doing so didn’t help either. Nice grab by our District 1 team!” quipped a New York City police department tweet from this past weekend.
The social media share did not go as planned, however. People were mad.
The vociferous response that followed called the police out for enforcing low-level crimes (cannabis possession was decriminalized in the state last year) at a time when many jurisdictions have scaled back their enforcement, according to Merry Jane.
“You’re popping people for wanting a little weed during a pandemic and jumping turnstiles during an economic collapse, not sure you’re gonna get the full-throated validation you’re looking for here,” noted one Tweet.
The incredulity further extended to the fact that one of the celebrating officers, serving a city crushed by COVID-19 and considered the coronavirus epicenter in the U.S., was not wearing his mask properly.
The officer, out-front and in the centre of the photo of four, had his mask positioned below his nose, presumably negating its protective capabilities for himself, his team members or anyone else around.
And it wasn’t just New Yorkers who lost their social media minds. Internet users from around the world responded to the snafu “with waves of relentless mockery and calls for cannabis reform,” notes Merry Jane.
Despite the backlash, the transit division tweet remains posted.
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Written by Angela Stelmakowich