Imagine a time where you could face legal consequences for hurting someone else’s feelings. We’re not citing an excerpt about the “Thought Police” from the George Orwell novel 1984. It’s what the so-called “Twitter Police” have actually been doing in England.
A former police officer from Lincolnshire was charged with a hate incident over alleged transphobic tweets he wrote in 2019. It took a two-year-long legal battle, but he’s finally just been vindicated.
Harry Miller’s tweets had offended an anonymous member of the transgender community and so he was reported to law enforcement. The Humberside Police followed up on the complaint which was classified as “offensive” and “transphobic.”
Miller, along with attorneys at Christian Concern, took legal action against the police and the College of Policing’s guidance. According to the guidance, a hate incident can be any non-crime incident that is “perceived, by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice.”
During an interview with Christian Concern, Miller explained that when police came to question him about the tweets, an officer told him, “I’m here to check your thinking.”
“After I got over the shock of there being a thing called the ‘Twitter police’,” he recalls, he then told officers, “You’ve got to be kidding me.”
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