Claim: Congress has authorised police officers to shoot and kill suspicious or “malicious” clowns they come across.
Originated from: DailyFinesser.com
Date(s) active: Oct 2016
Rumours are floating around social media that claims police officers can now shoot and kill people dressed as clowns if they seem them on the street after a new law passed by Congress was introduced. The rumours come after a surge of people dressed as clowns are being reported across Canada and the United States (no doubt pranks to go onto social media.) The rumours link back to an article penned on The Daily Finesser that reads in part –
After the mysterious nationwide apparition of clowns, a new law has been passed by congress to authorize police officers, to shoot and kill any malicious clown they see alone in the streets.
Hundreds of clowns have been appearing across the nation, many of them threatening children and adults, chasing them. Many incidents have been caught on camera and have gone viral on social media. Authorities addressed the situation and assured the public that they were conducting investigations to find out the motive of these clowns. However, it seems that things have gone overboard after it was announced that local law enforcement has the legal right to shoot and kill any clown they see alone on the streets
The rumours are false. No such law has been introduced by Congress. The Daily Finesser is supposed to be taken as “entertainment”, or at least that is what they say. There is a disclaimer in the footer of each page that party reads –
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Thus the article is not meant to be taken seriously, though many do appear to have taken the story at face value.