British police say they no longer had the resources to investigate ‘low level crimes’ like burglaries, yet it seems they do have time to investigate ‘offensive’ memes on social media.
Video has emerged an army veteran being arrested by UK police after he shared a meme on Facebook that was claimed to have ’caused someone anxiety’.
51-year-old Darren Brady was arrested in Aldershot on Friday for re-posting a meme that showed LGBT flags arranged in the shape of a swastika.
Summit News reports: The meme was originally posted by conservative political activist Laurence Fox, whose Twitter account was subsequently locked, as reported by the Daily Mail
Fox explained that the meme is a way of bringing attention to Pride Month increasingly being “enforced with a sense of hectoring authoritarianism.”
Fox also retweeted this post, explaining the same point:
When Mr Brady re-posted the meme to Facebook, someone reported him to the police, who turned up at his house, not once but twice.
The first time, Brady said that the police gave him the ‘option’ of attending an “re-education course” at his own cost of £80 to avoid being arrested and potentially charged with a hate crime.
Police then returned ten days later and arrested Brady, as well as Harry Miller, a former police officer turned activist who tried to prevent the arrest.
Laurence Fox, who Brady also contacted in the intervening time, filmed the arrest.
In the footage, Brady asks the officers “Why am I in cuffs?” to which one of them responds “It didn’t have to come to this at all.”
“Tell us why you escalated it to this level because I don’t understand,” Brady asks the officers, to which one replies “Someone has been caused anxiety based on your social media post. That is why you have been arrested.”
“Someone has been caused anxiety based on your social media post. And that is why you’re being arrested.” British policing, 2022. pic.twitter.com/D4MZhbXq08
— Paul Embery (@PaulEmbery) July 30, 2022
This didn’t get Laurence Fox arrested.
It did get Darren Brady arrested.
I wonder if it will get me arrested?
Let’s find out. https://t.co/m0uwGNPl4A
— Sarah Phillimore (@SVPhillimore) July 29, 2022
A statement from Hampshire Constabulary Police reads “When officers arrived they were prevented from entering the address to discuss a potential resolution to the matter.”
It adds, “As a result, officers felt it was necessary to arrest a man at the scene so they could interview him in relation to the alleged offence.”
Ex police officer Harry Miller slams the police for arresting an elderly veteran for “causing anxiety” over a tweet, and compares officers to the Stasi:
— TalkTV (@TalkTV) August 1, 2022