Three British teenagers who mocked George Floyd’s death in sick online video are ARRESTED on suspicion of committing a hate crime
Three British teens have been arrested for a possible hate crime after mocking the death of George Floyd in a photo posted on Snapchat, according to a report.
The pic shows one of the teens resting his knee on the neck of a second man who is sprawled out on the ground, according to the Sun.
They both appear to be laughing in the image, which is accompanied by a “police brutality” caption.
They have also reportedly started receiving death threats and are now thought to be in police protections.
Northumbria Police did not confirm this, though a spokesperson did reveal that the trio had been arrested, with the Snapchat video now being treated as a hate crime.
A police statement said: ‘We can confirm we are investigating after an image was shared on social media which showed two men imitating the recent death of US citizen George Floyd.
‘An investigation was launched and yesterday (Sunday) officers arrested two males aged 19 and another male aged 18 on suspicion of sending communications causing anxiety and distress.
‘They have since been released on bail. We understand that this 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 are understood to be from Gateshead and are said to have attended Cardinal Hume Catholic School.
One ex-classmate blasted the boys for the disgusting post and called them “sick pranksters”.
She added: “They were very laddy. They were quite outrageous.
“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,” a spokesperson told the paper.
The trio — two aged 19 and one 18 — were released on bail, police said.
The sick image came to light after it was shared on a Facebook page for new students attending Warwick University.