Reader Dave asked in comments if I had any thoughts on this story.
The basic facts: During the height of the covid strangeness (March 2020) our plaintiff made a silly-assed joke on Facebook.
SHARE SHARE SHARE ! ! ! ! JUST IN: RAPIDES PARISH SHERIFFS OFFICE HAVE ISSUED THE ORDER, IF DEPUTIES COME INTO CONTACT WITH ‘THE INFECTED’ SHOOT ON SIGHT….Lord have mercy on us all. #Covid9teen #weneedyoubradpitt.
The Sheriff's office got hold of the post, and our plaintiff was paid a visit by the local SWAT team. He was arrested and charged with terrorizing. There is now a civil suit pending in the local court, where our plaintiff is suing the Sheriff's office over various infringements.
Do I have any thoughts? I would probably have handled it differently. My first inclination would have been to ignore the whole thing and write it off as Facebook nonsense. My second inclination would be to do a knock-and-talk. My very last option would have been to call out the SWAT team.
Dave also said in comments that he couldn't find my email address. I looked in my profile and it's hidden there as plain as day. But, I'll put it here in plain English. ddezendorf at yahoo dot com. All spambots must die.