Free Speech Win? UK Police Told That Being Offensive Is Not a Crime

Free Speech Win? UK Police Told That Being Offensive Is Not a Crime


British police officers have been advised to focus on actual crimes rather than people being supposedly offensive during “debates on Twitter”.

In new guidance issued by the College of Policing, officers have been told to devote their time towards cutting crime — as rapes, sexual assaults and violent crimes have hit record highs — instead of policing “non-crime hate incidents”, which although not actual criminal offences could still turn up on a criminal background check done by prospective employers.

Over the past five years, some 120,000 non-crime hate incidents have been logged by police, The Times reports. However, late last year, former police officer Harry Miller won a case against the practice, with the appeal court judges agreeing that making a record of his non-crime

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