Alabama police's fake mugshot post takes on a life of its own
UPI News Service, 06/16/2017
An Alabama police department's fake mugshot with a made-up story about "possession of a wild raccoon" has created a viral legend on Facebook.
Moulton City Police officer Russell Graham concealed the hoax mugshot among other mugshots posted on the department's Facebook page and captioned it with the alleged crimes of "Barry Larry Terry."
"It just looked humorous to me, there were several that I went through and I said there's our guy," Graham told WHNT-TV of his choice of fake mugshot.
He said the name just came to him.
"I can't tell you where it came from I was just like I was just like 'That looks like a Barry Larry Terry,'" Graham said.
The Facebook post says Terry was arrested on charges of "unlawful possession of a wild raccoon" and "no headlamp on bicycle."
"There's actually a law possession of wild animals. I don't think it specifically says wild raccoon, but I just added that in there and here we are," Graham wrote.
Graham's satirical post captured the imagination of Facebook users, who set up a "Free Barry Larry Terry" page on the social media site to chronicle the fictional criminal's legal battle.
Graham said his intention was just to create a little humor and help humanize the officers in his department.
"Across the world law enforcement officers are seen in a bad light. They're seen as robots so to speak, supposed to be serious. We were trying to project a little humor, and hopefully build a little rapport with the citizens that come across the page," Graham said.
The department said the viral post led to the police Facebook page receiving more likes than the entire population of Moulton.
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