Three British teenagers have been arrested after they posted a Snapchat photo which mocked George Floyd’s death, as it has been dubbed a potential hate crime.
The photo which has been shared on the social media platform Snapchat shows as a teen rests his knee on the neck of a second man who is sprawled out across the ground.
In the image, both boys appear to find it amusing and the photo is accompanied by the caption: “Police brutality”.
A source told The Sun that they had seen it shared onto a Facebook university group page and the person said: “Imagine being so bold as to post this on your Snapchat.
“Everyone is rightly enraged by this … these people need to be named and shamed.”
The two teenagers, alongside their mate who took the photo, were arrested on Sunday evening on “suspicion of sending communications causing anxiety and distress,” Northumbria Police informed the Newcastle Evening Chronicle.
A spokesperson told the newspaper: “We understand that this is social media post has caused significant upset and we want to reassure the public it is being investigated robustly and is being treated as a hate crime.”
The trio, who are aged between 18 and 19, were released on bail as announced by police.
The shocking image came to light when a student who attended Warwick University shared it onto Facebook for new students.
A spokesperson for the university then released a statement, declaring that the people involved in the photo were in no way connected with the university.
“Nor would they be welcomed,” the spokesperson said. “Such behaviour goes against the university’s principles which emphasize treating others with respect.”
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