One police department believes it has uncovered the mastermind behind the wave of creepy clown sightings sweeping across the country and beyond: the Joker. Luckily, the cops also know how to get in touch with the perfect guy to handle this menace.
Just in time for Halloween, the Fairport, New York, Police Department posted a message on Facebook revealing Batman is on the case. What’s more, the Dark Knight has been given a police uniform and patrol … apparently because his signature costume and vehicle weren’t up to snuff.
BREAKING NEWS FROM FAIRPORT!
The Fairport Police have received a lead in the Crazy Clown epidemic that has been gripping the nation. We have received information that these clowns are the henchmen of . . . you guessed it . . . the Joker.
Since verifying this new information, the Fairport Police Department have recruited the assistance of America’s Favorite Caped Crusader, BATMAN! Batman has been given a Fairport Police Uniform and Police Car to be on patrol in the Fairport area on alert for any suspicious activity. Please call 911 if you observe anything suspicious and we will signal Batman from atop the Village Hall where the blue light shines. Have a safe and Happy Halloween from the members of the Fairport Police Department.
The message is accompanied by two photos — one depicting the Bat-Signal projected onto the clouds, and the other a trio of Fairport police officers, one of whom has donned a Batman mask. Or maybe it is the Caped Crusader; it’s difficult to tell.
Because this is the internet, a commenter was quick to criticize the police department as a “descrace.” The police department replied, “Our mission was to build bridges with the community that we serve. We apologize, but you have missed our message and the point of this.”
It’s unclear whether calling on Batman is merely a Halloween gag or an attempt to reassure kids frightened by reports of sightings of “killer clowns.” Earlier this month in England, a “real-life” Batman stepped up to calm the nerves of local children by delivering a video message, saying, “You don’t need to worry anymore — Batman’s taken care of it.”
Since the first report in August in Green Bay, Wisconsin, sightings of creepy clowns have spread throughout the United States and into Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. Some police departments and governing bodies have taken clown reports very seriously, with one county in Kansas going so far as to effectively ban clowns until Tuesday, the day after Halloween.
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