A video on social media had shown the policeman on Southend seafrant (sic) deploying the stinger to stop a motorbike who drove past while he was stopping traffic to let a group of children on bikes cross the road.
The video has caused a mass debate, with people split between whether it was a fair use of the stinger, or if it was dangerous.
Some social media users went as far as targeting the officer who deployed the stinger, sharing his social media profile.The video can be seen here. Whether it's dangerous or not to do this to a biker, I'll leave to the experts.
What struck me though was the response.
Essex Police's Chief Superintendent Rachel Nolan has defended their actions.
"As a result of some dangerous driving, I authorised a member of my team to use a stinger device.
"His photo has been posted on Facebook and abusive comments have been made about him from individuals and Essex businesses without any moderation.
"That's unfair.'Unfair'..? Can out police chiefs please not sound like whiny little schoolgirls?
"While I am not here to defend its use, the fact some of those involved rode up and down the pedestrian footpaths on the cliff face immediately after the deployment is indicative of the driving displayed.
"The use of the stinger was authorised and endorsed right up the chain of command."Not on the spot, though. This officer clearly had prior authorisation - there simply wasn't time to get it as the incident unfolded, that can be seen from the video.
"We don't expect everyone to agree with police action, but we do expect that people are able to disagree politely and with respect to the private lives of officers and their families."Sweetie, if he has a profile on Facebook it's not private. He chose to put it there. Don't start whinging that it's somehow underhand that people comment on it.
Good grief, surely there's some guidance or force policy about social media? It's their Kryptonite, after all!