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Popular Facebook page “North Iowa Mugshots” removed… will you miss it?

Sent to NIT by man who complained about "mugshots" page.
Sent to NIT by man who complained about “mugshots” page.

NIT – A North Iowa citizen alerted NIT Sunday that due to his persistent complaints and reports to Facebook, a popular – and some would say notorious – Facebook page that reports arrests was removed.

North Iowa Mugshots, with some 20,000 or so followers was taken down this weekend by Facebook. The page has been up for a just a few years, and has been taken down before. It seems to always come back, and always gains thousands of followers in a short time. The page is hated by lawbreakers, and many times, friends and family of those people, due to the sometimes vicious and nasty comments that people leave under the “mugshots” of arrested individuals. Profanity and other degrading remarks are allowed on the page. Although the page had nearly 20,000 followers before being removed this time, the comments seem to have slowed in recent months, down from sometimes hundreds of comments on some posts.

Sunday, a North Iowa man contacted Sunday to explain that his persistent complaints to Facebook about the page was what brought the page down this time. The man who made the complaints was accused of an assault and other crimes, but took a plea deal and served a short prison sentence. He claims that the page admins had threatened him.

“I will say they wished harm upon me and that I should perish in a painful and horrible manor(s),” he told NIT.

Will you miss North Iowa Mugshots, and do you think the page brings out the best – or worst – in people?

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