A man was arrested in Hampshire, UK, for having posted LGBT flags in the form of a swastika on the internet. Video of the arrest was widely shared on social media.
“Someone suffered from anxiety because of your post on social media. And that’s why you’re being arrested,” the police officer said when detaining him. the man.
According to the BBC, Darrin Brady, aged 51 will answer for “malicious communication”, which, under British law, concerns the “sending letters, electronic communications, offensive or threatening articles with the intent to cause distress or anxiety to the recipient” and that “is a criminal offense”.
The man who made the video was also arrested . According to police, he was arrested for “obstructing a prison”.
Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner Donna Jones condemned the actions of the officers. “I am concerned about the proportionality and necessity of the police response to this incident,” she said. “When incidents on social media get two visits from police, but burglaries and burglaries don’t always get a response from the police, something is wrong,” added Jones.
Brad Polumbo, American journalist and Foundation columnist For Economic Education, also objected to the British police action. “As John Locke explained, individuals have rights over their persons and property, including the right to use their person and property for communication. But no one is entitled to any particular emotional state. To enforce this false ‘right’ for some means violating the real rights of others: including freedom of expression. It doesn’t really matter if you think the UK man’s post was just a joke or was hateful and offensive. We must all support your right to speak freely and even say things that others find hateful or distressing without being harassed or arrested by the government,” he wrote.
“These broad and subjective criteria can be used to crush any unpopular idea and stifle any debate, however crucial. If we are not free to speak, then we are not really free to think”, concluded the journalist, remembering that the United Kingdom is the land of great thinkers, like Locke.