Whoever looks after the Metropolitan Police Twitter feed might want to think about an alternative career... perhaps one that requires some basic awareness of the public mood?
Just hours after the jury in the Mark Duggan trial delivered a verdict of 'lawful killing', a ruling that led to frayed tempers both inside the courtroom and out, the @metpoliceuk feed decided to ask its 159,000 followers to vote in for the "bravest act of police work last year".
Only 5 days left to get your votes in for the bravest act of police work last year. Vote now for your favourite http://t.co/ouvjJmw0dU— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) January 8, 2014
We barely need to tell you what the response was, but here's a sampling:
. @metpoliceuk I guess it must take a certain bravery to turn up to work each day knowing that there's an anonymous killer among you.— Mediocre Dave (@MediocreDave) January 8, 2014
. @metpoliceuk That's rather spectacularly mis-timed, wouldn't you think?— Chris Nicholson (@EraseThisTweet) January 8, 2014
However, they agitators didn't have it all their own way. Some came to the defence of London's finest:
@shannon4889 you know what the boy was like and how he lived? what makes you think the police are wrong? the bloke carrys a gun all the time— Jimmy Macsavi (@JimmyMacsavi) January 8, 2014