A UK police force faced ridicule for tweeting its support for gay pride but then in the same tweet warning respondents that it would “monitoring” replies for “hate crime.”
“We celebrate diversity by raising the Pride Progress flag for #PrideMonth at our HQ & to honour those who championed for equality before us! #WeValueDifference #PoliceinPride,” tweeted Essex Police.
But they then ominously followed it up with, “We’re monitoring our posts. All hate crime will be reported & investigated.”
Some respondents pointed out the bitter irony of Essex Police wasting resources on offensive social media posts while people in Essex are being stabbed in the streets in broad daylight.
“And who defines “hate crime”? You?” asked one respondent. “What qualifies you to do that? You don’t even know what you’re being paid to do anymore.”
“Are you seriously threatening the population that if we don’t comply to your ideology and speak out an objection, you’ll investigate us? Wow. Too bad you don’t put that kind of passion into stopping grooming gangs from raping young girls,” remarked another.
“Doing something so popular that you have to warn people you’re monitoring your posts for ‘hate crime’ (not a real crime btw),” added another.
People in the UK are routinely investigated and sometimes charged by police for “hate crimes” that have become so broad, anyone form a minority group who claims they were offended is enough for authorities to treat and record it as a “hate incident.”
Back in 2015, the head of the National Police Chiefs’ Council said that due to a lack of resources, officers would be unable to attend some burglaries. In 2018, it was revealed that two thirds of burglaries are not even investigated.
However, resources always seem to be available when it comes to policing thoughts and words.
In 2017, it was reported that British police had arrested 3,395 people for ‘offensive online comments’ in the space of a year.
In 2019, Harry Miller, a former police officer himself, was interrogated by cops for 30 minutes merely for liking a tweet that was deemed to be offensive to the transgender community.
Last summer, West Midlands Police faced criticism after bragging on Twitter about arresting a 12-year-old boy for sending offensive messages on social media.
A video from 2020 shows plain clothed police officers visiting a man’s home over “offensive” comments he posted on Facebook during a political discussion.
As we highlighted last year, Merseyside Police were forced to respond after officers took part in an electronic ad campaign outside a supermarket which claimed “being offensive is an offence,” with authorities later clarifying that it is in fact not an offense.
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