A trio of idiots from Gateshead have been arrested on suspicion of committing a hate crime after mocking the murder of George Floyd in a Snapchat photo.
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The teens and their families are also reportedly under police protection after receiving death threats for mocking Floyd’s death at the hands of police.
While Floyd’s death sparked riots across America and led to protests around the globe, these boys laughed their arses off as they recreated the scene and stupidly shared their work onto Snapchat.
The teens, aged between 18 and 19, were quickly identified after their photo went viral and shat themselves as the death threats came flying in – deleting their social media profiles.
A source, who went to school with the boys in Gateshead, told The Sun:
They were arrested on Sunday night and have had their phones taken off them and everything.
It has turned into a witch hunt and they’ve had some really nasty threats – some of which have been targeted at their families which isn’t right at all.
It was a sick joke but they don’t deserve to die. The police know about it and are protecting them against any vigilante attacks.
A Northumbria Police spokesperson confirmed they were investigating:
We can confirm we are investigating after an image was shared on social media which showed two men imitating the recent death of US citizen George Floyd.
An investigation was launched and yesterday (Sunday) officers arrested two males aged 19 and another male aged 18 on suspicion of sending communications causing anxiety and distress.
They have since been released on bail. We understand that this social media post has caused significant upset and we want to reassure the public it is being investigated robustly and is being treated as a hate crime.
Disgraceful stuff. I know these kids are only 18 and 19 years old so you might say they should be afforded some leniency but even still, it’s shocking that they thought this would be funny, let alone that it would be a good idea to share it on social media. They’ve basically just ruined their lives for a few views on Snapchat.
Like their school buddy says though, bit lame that their families are now receiving death threats over it. Hopefully they give these boys a few smacks and all. For their own sake let’s hope they come to fully understand why what they’ve done is wrong and take the appropriate steps to make up for it, though I’m not sure what exactly those steps could be right now. Morons.
For footage of the old lady riding around in a wheelchair and stabbing protesters at the George Floyd riots, click HERE.