Georgia woman calls 911 to complain about mug shot; gets arrested again

July 20, 2012

Tonya Ann Fowler’s new mug shot (Barrow County Detention Center)Tonya Ann Fowler had already been in trouble with the law. But in her mind she was now the victim. That’s when the Georgia woman called 911 to complain about her police mug shot.

The good news: Fowler gets a new mug shot. The bad news: It’s because police arrested her again for misusing the 911 emergency system.

The Smoking Gun published the police report along the most recent mug shot that Fowler, 45, objected to. And now that her story is making the rounds across various media outlets, far more people will see Fowler’s unfashionable photo than if she had just kept quiet. That’s probably of little comfort to Fowler, even if it’s a better mug shot than the original.

The original mug shot was published in “Bad Busted,” a local Georgia publication that features police mug shots.

In the police report, officer R. Wheeler notes that Fowler called “in reference to being upset about a picture,” specifically stating her objection to “how she looked on the front page of the Bad and Busted printing.”

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