Dutch Police Officer deletes Twitter and Facebook accounts after threats

The Twitter account and Facebook page from police officer Braakenburg in the city of Harderwijk have been deleted. The social media accounts have been removed as a consequence of threats after posting about removing weed plants. ‘This goes beyond all boundaries’, says a spokesman in response to the weed plant affair of Braakenburg.
The police officer from the Harderwijk-neighbourhood posted a message on Facebook Friday about removing five weed plants from a balcony. That message got thousands of negative reviews on Facebook and Twitter. So that’s why he placed another message on Sunday, also receiving lots of negative responses. Monday night the threads started to come. For officer Braakenburg this was the reason to remove his accounts, according to a spokesman for the police.

People would have been encouraged to share the information of the officer, so they could ‘seek for him’. ‘The plants have been removed in accordance with the owner of the house’, Braakenburg wrote on Friday. The house owner understood that plants with such a size ‘would not be handy in the hood’. Understanding of the house owner or not, the weed plant affair was born. Sunday he posted: ‘The negative reactions I can understand, but do react with dignity’. He also said that his colleagues from the public prosecution office were reading the reactions to his post. ‘Before you know it you could be a suspect of a criminal reaction’. That last remark again resulted in negative wave on social media.

There was a lot of shouting by anonymous users of social media. And also somebody made a fake-account with Braakenburg’s name. So under this name, a lot of negative reactions were posted on social media. The police are aware of this fake-account and are not amused. Braakenburg himself on Monday had no further comments.

Source: August 28 – omroepgelderland.nl

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