Police officers in Wyoming, Minnesota, have a message for drunk drivers – we have music from One Direction cover bands and we are not afraid to use it.
In a tweet sent out just before the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, the police department for the town of around 7,700 warned that people arrested for driving under the influence would be subjected to a boy-band playlist on their way to jail.
Followers on social media were quick to ask if this would be considered cruel and unusual punishment, as well as suggest other forms of “punishment.”
Do NOT drive drunk. I will find you. I will arrest you. I will make you listen to One Direction cover bands on the way to jail.— Wyoming, MN Police (@wyomingpd) November 23, 2016
@wyomingpd One Direction is bad enough, but cover bands. That would be in violation of the 8th amendment.— Charlie Brose (@Chas_Brose) November 23, 2016
The department seems to have a good time with its Twitter account, mixing local information and safety warnings with feuds with other departments and fun with hashtags.
Ahh here we go, more material from the peanut gallery! https://t.co/fMg11K2Q4P— Wyoming, MN Police (@wyomingpd) November 23, 2016
Since the tweet went out Wednesday afternoon it has been retweeted more than 5,000 times.
Chief of Police Paul Hoppe said his team sees the tweets as a way to reach his community where they are and engage them in conversation.
“We have a different style on the Twitter page with tongue in cheek humor,” he explained, adding that the feedback has been “really positive."
Hoppe also said that the humorous style helps to get community members to stop and read the posts, allowing them to deliver a message that would be passed over if a more traditional style was used.
The Twitter account also features a #TalkTuesday hashtag for community Q and A with officers as well as a “Tweet the Beat” program Chief Hoppe described as a “virtual ride-along.”
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