A team of British police raided a 30-year-old man’s birthday barbecue because they thought he was throwing a rave. The cops’ source of information: Facebook.
Riot police stormed a 30th birthday party for just 15 people and shut it down, thinking it was a rave because it was advertised on Facebook.
Four police cars, a riot van and a helicopter were involved in the swoop on Andrew Poole’s gathering for his family and friends.
He was just about to light the barbecue and had not even turned on the music when the gazebo suddenly started flapping wildly and the sound of chopper blades filled the air.
Eight officers wearing camouflage trousers and body armour jumped out and demanded that the ‘rave’ to be shut down. [Facebook police raided my family barbecue – Metro.co.uk]
Poole said he hadn’t even turned on any music, but was simply eating hamburgers with his friends and family. The police insist they did the right thing by raiding the backyard gathering, with a spokesman telling the Metro, “We were extremely concerned how the event had been advertised on the internet as an all-night party.”
Holy shit! This is all authorities need to raid your home in Britain these days?
While the media warns of Facebook identity-thieves and online privacy concerns, it seems that the public should actually be exploring ways to guard ourselves from the very people responsible for protecting our rights – a disappointing irony in the digital world that mimics it’s real-life equivalent.