A 51-year-old veteran was taken into custody Friday for a meme showing four LGBT flags arranged into an image forming a swastika.
According to the Daily Mail, Darren Brady was arrested by Hampshire Police and taken out of the house in handcuffs.
Video of the incident on Twitter shows Britons asking police, “Why am I in handcuffs?”
“Things have not come to this,” said one of the four officers who arrested Brady there.
“Someone has caused concern based on your social media posts. And that is why you are being arrested.” British police, 2022. pic.twitter.com/D4MZhbXq08
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“Tell us why you escalated it to this point because I don’t understand,” Brady said, noting that the meme he shared was not created by him and that his capture doesn’t make any sense either.
“Someone has caused concern based on your social media posts. That’s why you were arrested,” replied the officer.
Harry Miller, a former police officer, said he tried to intervene and was arrested for obstructing police action.
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“The Hampshire police have shown a blatant disregard for the law. They approached Mr. Brady and acted as summary judge, jury and executioner – but had no idea what crime he actually committed. They say he is being arrested for causing anxiety, which is completely absurd,” he said.
“Mr. Brady is a British Army veteran and they tried to blackmail him by making him pay around [$97] for an education course so he can downgrade from criminal to non-criminal, which will still show up in the Disclosure and Banning Service (DBS) basic check. They think they can get away with it. It’s the worst arrest in the world,” he said, adding that the arrest followed an ultimatum 10 days earlier to sign up for a course or face-to-face arrest.
Brady said the meme was first posted by Laurence Fox, who said he made it because the month is considered “Pride Month” by LGBT advocates to be “executed with the meaning of victory over authoritarianism.” “
A statement from Hampshire Constabulary said, “When officers arrived, they were prevented from entering the address to discuss a potential solution to the problem. As a result, officers felt it was necessary to arrest a man at the scene so that they could interview him in connection with the alleged crime.”
This did not get Laurence Fox arrested.
It got Darren Brady arrested.
I wonder if it will get me arrested?
Let’s find out together.
– Sarah Phillimore (@SVPhillimore) July 29, 2022
Police and Crime Commissioner Donna Jones responded to the arrest.
“I am concerned about both the proportionality and necessity of the police response to this incident. When social media incidents get not once but twice from police officers, but burglaries and break-ins don’t always get a police response, something is amiss, ‘ she said.
“As Commissioner of Police, I am committed to ensuring the Hampshire Constabulary serves the public as expected by the majority of people. It appears on this occasion this did not happen,” she said.
This article originally appeared in Western Magazine.
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