A police officer was reprimanded by the elected commissioner after it posted a joke about a LGBT flag on Facebook. Burglaries are not considered funny.
Reclaim Party leader Laurence Fox posted footage to social media on Thursday of an unnamed veteran who was being held by Hampshire Constabulary officers for reposting a meme. This had caused Fox to be suspended from Twitter and calls for Fox’s arrest.
The meme displayed four Progress Pride flags in a grouping to make a swastika. Fox said that it was meant to ridicule the increasing authoritarianism in Britain’s woke ideology. Multiple officers surrounded the veteran outside of his house and took him into custody for sharing the meme.
Reclaim Party leader spoke to Breitbart London and compared the actions taken by the police to that of “the Gestapo or Stasi” and stated that they showed that Britain today is not a democracy.
An ex-police officer who became a free speech activist was also taken into custody during the incident. He was charged with “obstruction.” Miller won a significant legal victory last year against the police who accused him of being involved in “noncrime hate incident” which showed up in background checks. He told Breitbart London that it was not obstruction because he prevented officers from performing an “unlawful action”.
— Laurence Fox (@LozzaFox) July 28, 2022
Issuing a statement on the incidents, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire, Donna Jones of the Conservative Party, said on Friday: “I am aware of the video published on Twitter which shows the arrest of two men in Hampshire yesterday, one for malicious communications and one for obstruction of a police officer.
” I have raised this matter with the Constabulary and was informed that officers arrested the suspects after a report from the public about an alleged hate crime.
” It follows a social media post about Progress Pride flags in shape of Swastikas.
” I am both concerned by the necessity and proportionality of the response from the police to this incident. When incidents on social media receive not one but two visits from police officers, but burglaries and non-domestic break-ins don’t always get a police response, something is wrong,” Jones continued.
“As the Police Commissioner of Hampshire Constabulary, it is my responsibility to ensure that the people receive the services they expect. This hasn’t happened, it seems.
” This incident highlights a very important issue that Hampshire Constabulary as well as other police forces must learn from. To support this, I am writing the College of Policing informing them about the incident. Also asking for more clarifications on the guidance to help police officers respond better in future .”
In a statement to Breitbart London the officers in question stated that they acted “in fair faith” when responding to an alleged hate crime.
While the police stated that the veteran was released after being arrested online for spreading the meme, no further actions were planned, Miller remains under investigation with ongoing “inquiries”.
Free Speech Win? UK Police Told That Being Offensive Is Not a Crime https://t.co/anzE6CAzxb
— Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) July 23, 2022
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