Police, road deaths and situation comedy make for an uncomfortable mix

An “insensitive” tweet from police that joked about breaking the news of someone’s death to family members has prompted an apology from the highest echelons of police management.

I don’t suspect it was meant as a joke.  It was deadly serious.  But that’s not how it looked.  

The tweet, which has since been deleted, has been widely criticised on social media.

A screenshot of the tweet before it was taken down shows it headed with the words, “When we have to tell someone their family member has died in a crash,” accompanied by a photo of comedian Steve Carrell smiling and captioned: “This is the worst.”

Police pleaded earlier today for drivers to take more responsibility on the roads, after nine people died in crashes over the weekend.

The Twitter response to the tweet has been swift, with one user describing the tweet as taking the booby prize for “social media fail of the week”.

I think someone is feeling very very foolish.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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