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Facebook photos of undercover cop get woman arrested

A Texas police officer testifies in court against a woman's friend, say police. The woman is allegedly unhappy about this, so she finds the officer's picture and spreads it on Facebook, according to reports.

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The law and Facebook have one thing in common: they are both repositories of large emotions.

Sometimes, though, they don't always work in tandem.

Word reaches me from Texas of a troubled happening after a court case in Mesquite. (The inhabitants are not called Mesquitos. Or are they?)

As CBS Houston tells it, the local police are up in arms after 30-year-old Melissa Welthall allegedly posted and spread photos of an undercover cop on Facebook.

Why would someone do that? This is a question so often asked before receiving a bafflingly human answer.

In this case, police say that the undercover cop in question gave evidence in a drug case against Welthall's friend.

It seems that the undercover cop might have used his real name in court. In any case, Welthall's friend reportedly found him on Facebook and Welthall allegedly posted the photo and spread it in a manner, presumably, that wasn't entirely flattering.

The Houston Chronicle declares that Welthall allegedly said on Facebook that this man was an undercover operative.

You might pause to consider that -- were you an undercover cop -- you might be careful about your Facebook profile. You might wonder whether you should have one at all. You might certainly be intimately au fait with Facebook's vast array of privacy controls.

And yet social media has enveloped human minds and desires so quickly that the police have been slow to use force on even their undercover people, in order to prevent unforeseen tribulations.

Welthall is accused of creating a "viable threat to that officer's safety."

Some might wonder, though, whether the officer might have contributed a little to that threat.