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Louis Tomlinson in Twitter row with police over cannabis discovery

By the elusive eye · Mar 3, 2018 · ·
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  1. the elusive eye
    A pop star has questioned the police's use of social media after officers posted a tweet about discovering a cannabis farm in a house.

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    Former One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson has 33m Twitter followers (BBC RADIO 1)
    Former One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson accused West Yorkshire officers of "gloating" over the raid.

    In a Twitter post the Doncaster-born star said: "Surely as law enforcement you should be rising above 'venting' to your followers."

    Police discovered the Keighley cannabis farm due to a lack of snow on the roof.

    The heat levels required to grow cannabis plants meant any settled snow had melted. A raid on the property off Arctic Street in Keighley led police to uncover 322 plants.

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    PC Caroline Foster
    @WYP_PC27FOSTER

    Whilst the snow has kept the burglars at bay it has also helped us in finding some rather large plants..
    hmmm I wonder why there is no snow on your roof??
    280+ plants seized from an address in Keighley today, some nearly 6ft tall with @WYP_PCSO143 @CravenWard49 #policingkeighley

    1:35 PM - Mar 1, 2018

    Following tweets by police officers showing the scene Mr Tomlinson asked his 33m followers; "Goes without saying the work the English police do is incredible but why the need for individual twitters?"

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    Louis Tomlinson ✔
    @Louis_Tomlinson

    Replying to @WYP_PC6746SAMH and 4 others
    Potentially, used in the correct form however gloating about who’s done what and who you’ve put away only creates a divide. I saw one photo of a cctv picture with an emoji over the suspects face. Doesn’t this create a certain tone?

    9:07 AM - Mar 2, 2018

    In response one of the officers PC Sam Hollins responded: "Because engagement breaks down barriers, more often than not it lets people feel the police are the people, not just anonymous uniforms."

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    PC 6746 Sam Hollings
    @WYP_PC6746SAMH
    Replying to @Louis_Tomlinson and 4 others
    Because engagement breaks down barriers, more often than not it lets people feel the police are the people, not just anonymous uniforms.

    9:02 AM - Mar 2, 2018

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    Police posted images of the raid on social media (PC CAROLINE FOSTER/TWITTER)

    Original Source

    Written by: (not listed), Mar 2, 2018, BBC News
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  1. Lozzle81
    "Defending the police?!"
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Mar 5, 2018
    Hmmmm an interesting article with an unexpected reaction from myself.

    First off I am not a fan of this Louis or his boy band. However nor am I a fan of the police - mainly due to my experiences with them rather than a hatred just because they symbolise the law or whatever other vague reasons some people give for hating them.

    BUT - yes a big but - on this occasion after reading the article and the twitter dialogue, I have to say I fall on the side of the police! I am a bit worried about this but I shall explain why.

    The police like it or not have a job to do. Part of that job is trying to prevent crime not just action crimes already committed. Cannabis farms are of course very illegal. I don’t care about cannabis and whether or not it should be legalised or not, this article is not to do with that. The issue with cannabis farms is the violence that can go along with them. They are often robbed by other drug gangs and full on gang wars can result.

    The police going on Twitter is part of crime prevention. I don’t see it as them gloating, I see it as them letting as many people know in a very simple way that they are always on the hunt, even in terrible snowy weather and that they can swoop at any time.

    Also I think it was important to let others maybe considering starting a farm up that you can spend all that money setting it up etc and they can find it and take it. The police too away plants worth £80,000 and I think this warns people more of what they could lose rather than gain.

    Louis Tomlinson has been pictured with joints on a few occasions and has been fairly vocal about smoking cannabis which is why I think he’s weighed in here but it’s not about cannabis itself but a cannabis farm so I think he should think a bit more before talking.

Comments

  1. the elusive eye
    i just want to clarify something about the article here: i don't think Mr. Tomlinson's issue is with cannabis or cannabis farms, or the legality/illegality of either. i don't even think his issue is with the police and the work they do or how they go about it. i think his issue is with the way individual police officers react on social media after making a bust (of any sort), the way they "gloat" or "brag" much in the same way gang members might after a fight with a rival gang, or how drug dealers might about the money they're bringing in, etcetera.

    i think if it were the station or the force as a whole he wouldn't have as big an issue, but when individual officers post on their personal Twitters and Facebooks, showing them posing with pot leaves and bragging about the size of the bust - totally reasonable that they might brag about the size!, but posting specific pictures, taken with personal cell phones, of specific evidence and crime scenes? appropriate for the force; not appropriate for individual members of the force in my opinion, and it seems Mr. Tomlinson's as well.

    i've seen it personally, in a former life - deputies and officers taking pictures of dead bodies, seized guns & cash, cars wrapped around trees with the blood from the deceased driver still wet on the side where the window smashed out...all on their cell phones, though luckily i've not seen any turn up on social media so far. and while i don't know about in Britain, here in the States, such photos are sometimes considered to be evidence, or are deemed of a sensitive nature due to ongoing investigation, and should either be copied to a CD and booked into evidence or not exist at all. individual members of police forces can and sometimes do get in trouble for such things, without posting them on social media or otherwise sharing them with anyone.

    this cannabis farm bust just happened to be the catalyst for Mr. Tomlinson to make his concerns public, and provided good examples for him to use. and i think he makes an excellent point: these individuals might be posting on their private social media accounts, but they're still members of a police force, and some even include their professional title in their account name (such as PC Caroline Foster does). these people, like it or not, are still seen as representing the agency for which they work, personal account or not. they should be holding themselves to a higher standard when posting about these sorts of things. they need to be more cognizant in their choice of words and tone.

    bragging absolutely can be divisive, set people against the police, etc., while simply pointing out (politely, mind you) the mistakes that criminals inevitably make and reminding people that crime doesn't pay, here's proof, is more cautionary and doesn't drive a social wedge. and that, i think, is what Mr. Tomlinson is saying.
    1. the elusive eye
      it sort of boils down to a lack of respect and dignity. i know in Britain it's guilty until proven innocent (basically, or at least that's what i've been taught), while here in the States it's innocent until proven guilty, but still, have some decency and respect that the person or people you're bragging about busting might actually be innocent. (in this case not likely lol, but i'm talking in general.)
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