A Facebook post from the Mobile County Sheriff’s Department caused a stir on social media for their use of the word “thugs” nearly a year after it was criticized for similar comments.
The post was made on the TEAM SHERIFF Facebook page Tuesday afternoon concerning a traffic stop in Grand Bay on September 21.
Mobile County Sheriff’s deputies confiscated more than $ 120,000 in cash, believed to be drug money, investigators said.
Esteban Cevallos and Steven Alverez were near Grand Bay Wilmer Road when the two men were arrested for a traffic violation, officials said. After consenting to have their vehicle searched, that is when the officials found the money in a suitcase.
According to the sheriff’s office, Cevallos and Alverez allegedly confessed that they were traveling to Miami from Houston in order to obtain drugs and bring them back to the area.
This is information that was not originally put in the Facebook post. After questions and comments from the audience, the post was edited to add the facts.
“We just didn’t know how many of you have a law degree! The post said.
“We sincerely hope that you now understand WHY they are THIEVES and WHY they were kicked out and WHY they did not get their money back,” the post said. “We are NOT denigrating any ethnic group.”
The post ended with hashtags like #unlessuthinkthugisanethnicgroup, #unfollowusifudontlike, #redyellowblackorwhite, and #athugisathug.
Lori Myles with the sheriff’s office says WALA that they made the changes after reading the reviews.
“We are not trying to find a particular ethnic group and attract them to take their money. It’s crazy, ”Myles said at the point of sale.
Alverez and Cevallos have since been kicked out since the September bust.
The money is currently held by Homeland Security and will later be divided among several agencies, officials said.
In December, the Sheriff’s Office released an image of a Christmas tree with mugshot decorations as part of its weekly “Thug Thursday” social media campaign.
The image was removed after a public outcry and the social media initiative was renamed “Warrant Wednesday”.