If you’ve stumbled through the latest internet memes these past few weeks then you’ll likely know what the mannequin challenge is, and if you don’t: a group of friends gather together to be recorded doing literally nothing. There’s no movement in these videos aside from the designated cameraman walking through the area to record their friends. Basically the point is to be as still as possible, as though you were a mannequin set up for display, but apparently the cops have been using them for something greater than entertainment.
Out in Huntsville, Alabama a group of friends decided to get together to put their own little spin on the meme and posed with weapons brandished. Since it’s been posted back on November 9th this video has received over 86,000 shares and went viral, which caught the attention of the Huntsville Police!
Investigators from the Madison County Sheriff’s office stumbled across the video and noticed a few troubling aspects. Forty-nine-year-old Kenneth White was featured in the video, a man those police are all too familiar with, with a gun in hand when any violent felon cannot Own or carry. This knowledge led the police to get a search warrant for the home on Powell Drive, and the “raid” was on.
When police arrived they found Brown with marijuana, a grinder and weapons he wasn’t supposed to have. His bail was set at $30,000. His 23-year-old friend Terry Brown was also at the home and was charged with possession of paraphernalia and loitering, at least until they made it to the station. Brown just so happened to be carrying some weed on him at the time, and we all know how Alabama feels about that – his charges were then upgraded and bail was set at $3,800.
On the one hand we have gun safety laws in place for a reason and those laws should be followed, that is in no way a detrimental piece of legislation to the general public, but the marijuana charges seem like the icing on the cake to these cops when it really shouldn’t be. We don’t condone illegal activities, but marijuana should in no way be the prime charge here