West Yorkshire Police have faced heavy criticism after officers were caught tweet shaming a homeless a couple, who had not paid their car insurance.
The tweet posted by the unit's official account, @WYP_RPU, on Thursday read "vehicle seized for no insurance yesterday. Driver living out of car. #luggagewalkofshame."
It has been taken down since and an apology has been issued.
The tweet was met with outrage on social media with some calling for donations to be made to the couple in question.
— Lana Kara Mitchell (@SecretaryLana) August 13, 2015
This has made me really sad :( thought the police were meant to help people, not mock them? http://t.co/FlzW5URLWG— isra (@iLHDCg) August 13, 2015
@WYP_RPU so you've now made them homeless? How funny! You should be ashamed of yourselves— ste armstrong (@4brothersefc) August 13, 2015
The unit's main account also sent out another tweet about a person living out of their car, according to a report from the Huddersfield Examiner.
However, this time the image of the car was accompanied by #carinsurancenothomeinsurance.
West Yorkshire Police have issued a statement, apologising for the tweet:
"This was clearly an inappropriate tweet which we immediately removed from our Twitter account, and we are looking into the circumstances as to why it was posted.
"Regardless of any offences people have committed they still deserve their human dignity and we would apologise for the offence this has caused."
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