Man being sought for multiple failure to appear in court to surrender if his wanted Facebook post gets enough likes
Jose Simms, 29, is being sought for failing to appear in court on a number of charges, including injury to a child and breach of peace.
Simms has contacted a police department in Connecticut through Facebook and said that he would surrender if his wanted Facebook post gets 15,000 likes.
“Regardless of the number of “Likes” this post receives, we will continue to utilize the resources we have available to us to locate both suspects and take them into custody. LT. Barown
We are getting a lot of inquiries as to if Mr. Simms has turned himself in yet. As of now he has not. We will update the post again when he does turn himself in. Thank you to everyone who liked the post and messaged us with info. It’s all appreciated. -Lt. Johnson
Here’s an interesting one…Jose Simms (The first warrant pictured) negotiated with me earlier this week (Through Facebook) and has agreed to turn himself in to Torrington Police if we can get 15,000 “likes” on this post (I said 10,000 he wanted 20,000, we split). It will be difficult but is doable. So please, “like” this post, and while you’re at it share it, Tweet it, Instagram it, Snapchat it, WUPHF it,(Thanks Jared!) (Pronounced Woof, its a reference to the television show, ‘The Office’…nevermind 😀 ), or use whatever other platforms are out there that I don’t know about. Then again, if you know where either of these guys are, you could always let us know that too, it’d save everyone from the suspense of the 15K….Let’s get it!!” posted Police Lt. Brett Johnson on City of Torrington Police Department Facebook page.
Some police ethics experts have criticized the deal and claimed it was “unethical.”
“This is 100% manipulation,” said Maki Haberfeld, an expert at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. “And for police, it’s not an ethical thing to do. It turns this into a joke. People will start looking at these various violations of law as a game,” she added.
Many Facebook users though liked and shared the post. “It’s wonderful knowing Torrington’s police have a great sense of humor,” commented one of them. All of them hope that Simms “is a man of his word” and will turn himself in.
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