, 2022-07-29 12:03:45,
Hardly a day goes by without some viral international incident reminding us why we’re so lucky to have the First Amendment. The latest such lunacy comes courtesy of the United Kingdom, where police just arrested a man for posting an allegedly offensive tweet.
As shown in a viral video, Hampshire officers on Thursday confronted and arrested a UK man. One of the officers says, “Someone has been caused anxiety based on your social media post. And that is why you’re being arrested.”
I checked and this is not a hoax, the Hampshire (UK) Police indeed arrested a guy because he posted a meme of a trans ‘flag’ shaped like a swastika. And then arrested another guy for filming the first arrest.
If your reaction is “but that speech is noxious!” then you failed. https://t.co/FE6yOkg4fe
— Jeff B. is *BOX OFFICE POISON* (@EsotericCD) July 31, 2022
The post at question was reportedly an image mocking the many evolutions of the LGBT/transgender pride flag by reshaping it into a swastika.
If you saw this video go viral, the details are even more insane.
British police arrested a guy for posting this meme on social media of the trans flag shaped like a swastika.
They also arrested the guy who filmed the video for good measure. pic.twitter.com/1nnUxZR0jU
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) July 31, 2022
According to the BBC, the man was arrested for “malicious communications,” while another man who recorded the incident was arrested for supposedly “obstructing an arrest.”
This rather alarming graphic from the Hampshire government attempts to explain what “malicious communication” is. The graphic notes that malicious communication “relates to the sending of indecent, offensive or threatening letters, electronic communication or articles with the intent to cause the recipient distress or anxiety” and that it “is a criminal offense, which could result in prosecution and a criminal record.”
The backlash to this act of censorship has been swift and severe.
Hampshire Police & Crime Commissioner Donna Jones has condemned her own officers’ actions.
“I am concerned about both the proportionality and necessity of the police’s response to this incident,” she said. “When incidents on social media receive . . . two visits from police officers but burglaries and non-domestic break-ins don’t always get a police response, something is wrong.”
Hopefully, the man in question will not ultimately face any criminal consequences…
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