Crime Alabama police department catches heat for decorating Christmas tree with ‘thugshots’ as ornaments
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Police in Mobile, Ala., got into the holiday spirit by decorating their station’s Christmas tree with ornaments made from mugshots and wanted postings — but some people are not happy about it.
Their choice of decor and online holiday card to Mobile citizens was intended to thank locals who cooperated with investigators throughout 2020. Many commenters accused cops of missing the holiday spirit, among other things.
“We have decorated our Tree with THUGSHOTS to show how many Thugs we have taken off the streets of Mobile this year!” police wrote on Facebook alongside a photo of the fir. “We could not have done it without our faithful followers!”
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Cops also wrote that throughout the month of December, wanted criminals are invited to swing by the station and pick a present from the police department’s property room, at which time they will be arrested and give a free COVID-19 test. They also encourages citizens who know of suspects on the loose to place an anonymous call to investigators.
Mobile Alabama's mugshot tree (Facebook/)
Nearly 8,000 people commented on the “Thugshots,” with many of those peoplethe tree celebrates folks who may have mental disorders or found themselves in desperate situation during hard time. Others noting some suspects on the tree have likely been accused, though not convicted, of the crimes for which they are wanted.
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“Hi. Child abuse victim here,” wrote one commenter. “If I saw my abuser on this tree I would be horrified.”
JaTune Bosby of the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama said people arrested for crimes “they need the community’s assistance and care, not open scorn from leaders,” she said in a tweet.
Bernard Simelton, president of the Alabama NAACP, called the action “despicable,”.
Sheriff’s spokesperson Lori Myles says the suspects on the tree deserve to be on Santa’s naughty list.
“It’s not their first rodeo,” she said. “They’ve been continuous with multiple arrests.”
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