FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!

Cobalt Software Platform - Mark43
Mark43's Cobalt software platform unites a set of law enforcement tools securely...

No upcoming webinars scheduled

Top News

Dallas Police Twitter Mistake, NFL Player Not Arrested

June 30, 2014  | 

Photo: Dallas Police via Facebook
Photo: Dallas Police via Facebook

A simple Twitter post has led to a public relations debacle for the Dallas Police Department. On Sunday morning, they announced the arrest of pro footballer, Aqib Talib, who plays for the Denver Broncos. The media relations unit posted this Tweet Sunday morning:

"@dallaspd arrest Denver Bronco Aqib Talib for public intox after he was throwing bottles causing a disturbance. Talib was danger to self."

Soon after this post, the player's agent, Todd France, issued a statement that his client was not arrested, leaving the Dallas Police PIO in the embarassing position of having to issue a Twitter correction.

One hour after the player's agent publicly corrected the report, the Dallas Police PIO posted this Tweet:

#BREAKING CORRECTION - Yaqub Talib 31yrs old was arrested. My apologies to Aqib Talib. Original information reported was incorrect.

It seems that the police actually arrested Yaqub Talib and not Aqib Talib. Yagab is the brother of the player.

The mistake has lead to a salvo of critical Tweets for the Dallas Police Department to read.

The Dallas Police PIO has not released any more details on how the error occurred.


Be the first to comment on this story





POLICE Magazine does not tolerate comments that include profanity, personal attacks or antisocial behavior (such as "spamming" or "trolling"). This and other inappropriate content or material will be removed. We reserve the right to block any user who violates this, including removing all content posted by that user.

Other Recent News

Trumbull County 911 Exceeds Ohio's EMD Mandate With Total Response
PowerPhone's user-friendly Total Response solution is made to maximize call-handling...
Google and RapidSOS Now Provide Emergency Location for 911 Calls Nationwide
RapidSOS is partnering with Google to deliver life-saving 911 caller location information...
FBI Turns 3 Hackers into Assets Assisting in Anti-Hacking Investigations
Three convicted hackers—22-year-old Paras Jha, 21-year-old Josiah White, and 22-year-old...
NC School to Deploy Automated Shooter Detection and Response System
Shooter Detection Systems, CentralSquare Technologies, and Johnson Controls are...
Harris Corp. to Supply Florida City with Public Safety Solution
Harris Corporation has been selected to provide an enhanced county-wide public safety...

Police Magazine