Three days ago, a woman claimed, on social media, that police officers had brutally beat her son, for failing to wear a face mask.
The woman’s original post
Simone Camilleri had shared the picture, on Facebook, of her son’s bruised back, after the alleged assault on Sunday evening. She also claimed that her son’s head was badly bruised, in the assault which took place in a police van.
Cut to three days and a media frenzy later, which also featured a barrage of attacks on Malta’s Police Force on social media, and the woman removed her original post, and has instead issued an apology.
“I’d like to apologise to the Malta Police Force. After further investigation it results that the version of events which I shared is different than what originally happened,” she wrote.
The Malta Police Association in reaction said that while appreciating the apology, media outlets should carry out the necessary verifications, before publishing stories based on social media statuses, adding that these incidents affect the moral of the police officers, who protect us all, on a daily basis.