In the UK, no-nonsense ex-cop wins big against thought police

Police who warned man about ‘transphobic’ tweet acted unlawfully.

In his judgement, the High Court’s Mr Justice Julian Knowles directly compared British police to Nazis:

In this country we have never had a Cheka, a Gestapo or a Stasi. We have never lived in an Orwellian society.”

Humberside Police sent an officer to Harry Miller’s home to “check his thinking” after a trans-mocking tweet was classified as a “hate incident.” They later visited him at his workplace and on several occasions threatened to prosecute him. Miller – a former policeman – fought back.

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20 Responses to In the UK, no-nonsense ex-cop wins big against thought police

  1. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Outsiders on Sky today had the man himself on to talk about his new ‘we won’t cop it’ group is now gaining members fast, and that they intend to stand bastion for free speech. It’s so good to see the Great once more returning to Great Britain. Their High Court does not see ‘offense’ as a hanging issue; our legislature still has 18C on the books. Work to do there, ScoMo.

  2. This is the full video of him discussing what happened:

  3. jupes

    Miller, 54, from Lincolnshire, said an officer told him he had not committed a crime, but that his tweeting was being recorded as a “hate incident”.

    I wonder how this works. If it is not a crime, then it shouldn’t matter if you have a ‘hate incident’ recorded against you. It seems like just a waste of everyone’s time. Unless of course it means that you cannot employ someone who has committed a ‘hate incident’ or if, say, three ‘hate incidents’ equals one crime.

    Whatever, it is certainly Orwellian.

  4. BorisG

    Very good. The judge was brave. Rare.

  5. Lee

    British police are an international embarrassment and disgrace.

  6. Howard Hill

    British police are an international embarrassment and disgrace.

    You mean worse that the ones in Victoriastan?

  7. a happy little debunker

    There are some people (a small, small fraction of the population) that genuinely suffer a diaspora between their sex and their gender identity.
    These people have lived an entire life trying to come to terms with who they are and I can only respect their struggle.
    Children, teens and young adults have not yet lived that life and the ‘medical’ profession (the wider community) that indulges these infants and their narcissisms of fantasy deserve all the condemnation and scorn society can heap at their feet.

  8. Dr Faustus

    British police are an international embarrassment and disgrace.
    You mean worse that the ones in Victoriastan?

    Much worse.
    The VicStasi are an organ, parts of which work on behalf of a corrupt government.

    In the UK, these policing excesses are the result of longstanding political correctness within the police. Organisationally, Plod thinks this is best for how it administers the proles; think ‘Skynet becomes aware’ with a blue uniform, a knighthood, and pension.

    No Arnie in sight.

  9. You cannot be charged with something that is impossible. But other wise I agree!

  10. jupes

    Harry Miller is from Lincolnshire.

    Just like Joseph Banks (Banksias are flowering at the minute), John Harrison (inventor of the marine chronometer which solved the problem of measuring longitude) and Margaret Thatcher.

    Salt of the Earth.

  11. jupes

    Did I mention my mum’s from Lincolnshire?

  12. BorisG

    This case is fabulous. We all revel is delight. Yet these cases where common sense prevails are so rare. Even the judge who ruled in this case did say that the whole monitoring of hate speech was proper.

  13. Crossie

    BorisG
    #3325588, posted on February 16, 2020 at 8:33 pm
    Very good. The judge was brave. Rare.

    And his ostracism will begin soon.

  14. Crossie

    Howard Hill
    #3325594, posted on February 16, 2020 at 8:38 pm
    British police are an international embarrassment and disgrace.

    You mean worse that the ones in Victoriastan?

    Or the NSW clowns who can’t solve the William Tyrrell disappearance but can persecute the policeman who tried to solve it.

  15. Arky

    I wonder how this works. If it is not a crime, then it shouldn’t matter if you have a ‘hate incident’ recorded against you. It seems like just a waste of everyone’s time. Unless of course it means that you cannot employ someone who has committed a ‘hate incident’ or if, say, three ‘hate incidents’ equals one crime.

    ..
    It will show up on a police check.
    Career limiting.

  16. Seems to be the way with NSW police, the detective who first ‘pointed the finger’ at Milat was ostracised by the head detective who took all the credit for the eventual outcome.

  17. BorisG

    Only a partial victory:

    Mr Miller challenged the College of Police guidance as being unlawful because it interferes with freedom of expression and because of the way the Humberside force applied the guidelines.

    Mr Justice Knowles rejected Mr Miller’s challenge, ruling that it “serves legitimate purposes and is not disproportionate”.

    Instead he granted a “leapfrog certificate” to allow his challenge to the guidance to go directly to the Supreme Court, with that court’s permission.

  18. Squirrel

    Shameful that they should be wasting their time on thought-policing when they could be doing the far more important job of cracking down on licence fee recalcitrants for the BBC.

  19. PB

    “If it is not a crime, then it shouldn’t matter if you have a ‘hate incident’ recorded against you.”

    The Americans talked once of broken-window policing, which was before rampant Black crime was enshrined as noble and just reparation, so perhaps this is “Broken-Heart” policing in action.

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