British Police are Instructed to Stop Policing “Offensive” Tweets and Go Back to Cracking Down on Real Criminal Activity

The United Kingdom has become notorious for its anarcho-tyrannical policies where police focus on cracking down on edgy online speech, while violent criminals are allowed to run loose. 

However, that seems to be changing with the release of a new interim guidance from the UK’s College of Policing. The guidance recommends that police should concentrate more of their time and resources on catching criminals as opposed to policing “offensive” speech on social media. The guidance also recommended to police that they respect the freedom of speech and avoid getting involved in cases with regards to lawful discourse online just because someone got offended by controversial statements. 

In 2021, former former police officer Harry Miller was able to successfully challenge the recording of non-hate crime incidents after an officer from the Humberside Police force paid him a visit due to a tweet he made. Miller’s tweet was deemed to be transphobic.

The Court of Appeal issued a ruling that declared the recording of non-crime hate incidents was “plainly an interference with free speech.”

Christina Maas of Reclaim the Net observed that “While records of no-crime hate incidents do not appear on the basic Disclosure and Barring Service checks, they could appear on the thorough searches conducted on those applying for jobs as carers and teachers.”

Andy March, the CEO of the College of Policing, said that law enforcement should not interfere with “lawful debate.”

“The public rightly expect the police to focus on cutting crime and bringing criminals to justice,” March added. “While we work to protect the most vulnerable in society, we also have a responsibility to protect freedom of speech.

“This updated guidance puts in place new safeguards to ensure people are able to engage in lawful debate without police interference,” March continued.

The new guidance instructs officers to not record non-crime incidents that are “trivial or irrational” and in the case where there is “no basis to conclude it was motivated by hostility.”

“Individuals who are commenting in legitimate debate, for example, on political or social issues, should not be stigmatized simply because someone is offended,” the guidance outlined.

In addition, the guidance laid out how in the case that an officer must record a non-crime hate incident, they should do so in a non-intrusive manner and “avoid specifying locations and using names.”

“The police regularly deal with complex incidents on social media. Our guidance is there to support officers responding to these incidents in accordance with the law, and not get involved in debates on Twitter,” Marsh concluded. 

It’s good to see some positive news in Airstrip One for once. The UK has already built a nasty reputation for its government’s overzealous efforts to police hate speech while Pakistani rape gangs are allowed to commit heinous acts of violence on the British population without facing any meaningful punishment. Hopefully, British law enforcement changes their approach to policing. The people of Albion deserve much better.

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