The Granite Shoals Police Department recently posted to Facebook about possible Ebola tainted drugs and Chastity Hopson took the bait!
She was arrested after responding to the fake news alert that also asked concerned citizens to bring their drugs in for testing.
The post has since been removed, having been regarded by some as unprofessional.
The post stated, “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.”
MySA reported that the post had received more than 1,290 shares on Facebook and over 200 comments.
Granite Shoals Police announced that they had their “first concerned citizen” respond to the post. Officers then “gladly took the item for further testing,”
Hopson is being held in Burnet County jail on a $5,000 bond.
While definitely funny, and possibly saving a life…this is definitely a slippery slope with some dangerous ramifications.
There is a fine line between our police and other law enforcement entities using the tools available to catch criminals and keep our streets safe, and as well, maintaining a general level of respect within the population.
We have so many issues already with a lack of trust for the police.
Many of those issues are unwarranted, yet some are self inflicted.
It is so important that we can be able to trust law enforcement to be the good guys.
Where do you draw the line? How does that line continue to move in the future? When to the cons start to outweigh the pros?
It is not an easy job to keep criminals off the streets. Sometimes the system, designed in our country to protect innocent people from being harassed, intimidated, as well as falsely incarcerated, works to a police disadvantage to do their job.
The common population needs to be able to trust the police.
Honesty and integrity is integral to this. Police are already at a disadvantage because of insanities such as the #BlackLivesMatter and other like minded movements that unfairly paint them as the bad guys.
They really should not add to that.