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    More: Spiffy, Abuse, Criminal Investigation Department, Metropolitan Police Service, Race, Discrimination, torrent of online racist abuse, Manchester United F.C., Metropolitan Police  
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593 clicks; posted to Sports » on 21 May 2021 at 8:50 AM (28 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2021-05-21 3:12:35 AM  
People were arrested for tweeting vulgar and racist things?

That seems odd. Sure being a dick online is wrong, but elevating it to a crime seems very British.
 
2021-05-21 9:20:35 AM  
I don't have a problem with people being arrested for using twitter, but I also don't want the prisons full.
 
2021-05-21 10:28:42 AM  
Yeah, under the First Amendment in the US, people have the right to be racist Nazi assholes.  No such protections in the UK.
 
2021-05-21 12:30:01 PM  

feckingmorons: People were arrested for tweeting vulgar and racist things?

That seems odd. Sure being a dick online is wrong, but elevating it to a crime seems very British.


Grenfell fire: When does causing offence become a crime?

I distinctly remember just a few years ago when I initially saw that story because I was unaware that the Brits had such poor protections of civil liberties in terms of what we think of as the 1st Amendment. In turn, it made me appreciate what we have just that much more.

I want to say that all five or six who were arrested for it were found not guilty or eventually had the charges dropped, thankfully.
 
2021-05-21 2:09:14 PM  
Out the racist farks, shame them into oblivion, turn their dogs against them....hell, let the targets of their hatred beat 'em with a bat. But, arrest them? Dafuq?
 
2021-05-21 4:27:14 PM  

Geotpf: Yeah, under the First Amendment in the US, people have the right to be racist Nazi assholes.  No such protections in the UK.


They could've charged them with "terroristic threatening"
 
2021-05-21 5:39:30 PM  

Geotpf: Yeah, under the First Amendment in the US, people have the right to be racist Nazi assholes.  No such protections in the UK.


That is bonkers.
 
2021-05-21 5:40:18 PM  

whither_apophis: Geotpf: Yeah, under the First Amendment in the US, people have the right to be racist Nazi assholes.  No such protections in the UK.

They could've charged them with "terroristic threatening"


Threatening people is a crime, just being a dick isn't at least in the USofA.
 
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