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Posted on: October 6, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Social Media: Creepy Clown Phenomenon

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Dear Fridley residents,

We understand your concern over the recent Creepy Clown phenomenon that appears to be taking over social media. Please understand, many of these social media reports are false. Social media has ignited this frenzy with people posting unsubstantiated reports of clown sightings or threats of impending violence. These are widely considered hoaxes designed to scare others, while posing no credible threat.

Some people are now sporting costumes and adding to the fear. It is difficult for us to determine which incidents are legitimate concerns and which are Halloween enthusiasts. It takes time away from other important matters to investigate any false reports. Please remember that it is a crime to trespass, file a false police report or to make someone fearful. We take this situation very seriously and there will be consequences for anyone who crosses the line. We also have concerns for the personal safety of those walking around in a clown costume as a joke. Tensions are high around this situation and it is possible for people to overreact. Please know, we have officers on patrol, working in schools and in neighborhoods to keep you safe.

Sincerely,

Your Fridley Police Department

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