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Norfolk Police's case of mistaken Twitter identity

Norfolk police have been replying to dozens of tweets Credit: Twitter

Norfolk Constabulary have found themselves accidentally caught up in a controversy surrounding a viral video in the US.

The case of mistaken identity was triggered by a video allegedly showing a black teenager being pepper sprayed by police officers for skipping school.

Dozens of Twitter users have tagged @NorfolkPolice with criticism aimed at the Police Department of Norfolk, Virginia.

The British force has responded to messages saying: "Hi, you've tagged Norfolk Police in the UK. I believe this video relates to an incident in America."