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‘Twasn’t’ Us, Royal Oak Police Say of Tweet About Pot

Someone set up a fake Twitter account and sent several Tweets under the Royal Oak Police Department's name before the misrepresentation was discovered.

The Royal Oak Police Department doesn't have a Twitter account, despite the fact that some Tweets went out under the department's name before the fake account was suspended.
The Royal Oak Police Department doesn't have a Twitter account, despite the fact that some Tweets went out under the department's name before the fake account was suspended.

For the record, the Royal Oak Police Department doesn’t have a Twitter account.

So it wasn’t local authorities who warned, “We know who you are and we are going to watch you” after a Tweet was sent out under a fake police department Twitter account in response to a post about medical marijuana.

The bogus Tweet went out last week, the Royal Oak Daily Tribune reports. Police Lt. Dave Clemens said authorities learned about the situation from a reporter, contacted Twitter and asked that the account be suspended.

Police think the account was set up sometime around March 8. Most Tweets sent from the fake account concerned stories of general interest, but a March 24 Tweet that had been favorited included a picture of a marijuana bud.

Clemens said investigators are working to determine the identity of the person who set up the fake account, though he admitted tracing it “will be complicated.”

“We’ll have to get records from Twitter,” he told the newspaper. “If we identify who was behind it, we don’t know at this point whether there will be charges or not.”

But the suspect Tweet may have been right on one score: Police will be watching.
K. Scott April 14, 2014 at 09:01 PM
Well, we know Brouchard is listening.
Barb Narb April 15, 2014 at 09:31 AM
Hope they used Tor.
RON Ostrodamus May 03, 2014 at 11:56 AM
Then, maybe it was the real McCoy possibly created by some officer "unofficially". I would not discount that possibility these days.

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