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Toby Young: The impact of Britain's foolish university drive is truly disturbing

10/11/2019

Free speech organisation Fair Cop recently reported that Humberside Police now include these "non-crimes" on people's records when they request an enhanced DBS check, potentially preventing them working as teachers or care assistants.

Read article: The impact of Britain's foolish university drive is truly disturbing

How a single ‘offensive’ tweet could potentially wreck your entire career

13/11/2019

A businessman quizzed by police over an alleged transphobic ‘hate incident’ has revealed the ‘non-crimes’ could now show up on DBS checks.​

 

Harry Miller, 54, was contacted back in January by an officer from Humberside Police following an anonymous complaint about some of his Twitter posts.​

 

The PC told him he’d identified around 30 potentially offensive tweets, in particular a limerick he’d shared questioning whether transgender women are biological women, and said he needed to ‘check his thinking’.​

Read article: How a single ‘offensive’ tweet could potentially wreck your entire career

NOTE: This article was deleted from the Metro's website on the same day it was published. No reason has been given.

Stuart Waiton: Is 1984 now a police manual?

20/08/2019

As a criminologist, one of my main interests and concerns is with what is known as over-criminalisation – the overuse of laws and policing in modern society. One dimension of this over-criminalisation that often goes under the radar is the practices of the police themselves.

Read article: Stuart Waiton: Is 1984 now a police manual?

The Harry Miller Fair Cop Interview

20/08/2019

Harry Miller – known by many as “Harry the Owl” on Twitter @HarryTheOwl – has been through a lot. If you’re not up to speed on Harry and the limerick you can learn about Harry’s adventures with the “thought police” here. Country Squire Magazine decided it was time for an update and so one of the Squires interviewed Harry last week.

Read article: The Harry Miller Fair Cop Interview

‘Nineteen Eighty-Four is now a policing manual’

16/08/2019

In January, Harry Miller was investigated by the police for retweeting a limerick on Twitter. The police said the limerick – and 30 other tweets – constituted transphobic hate speech.

Miller is one of the thousands of ordinary people who have found themselves on the sharp end of the law in recent years simply for expressing their views. Social-media posts, usually intended as jokes or political arguments, are increasingly being criminalised if they convey the ‘wrong’ opinions about certain topics. Posts on trans issues are considered particularly toxic and are zealously investigated by police. Miller, alongside barristers, police officers and other victims of police overreach, have started the Fair Cop campaign to defend free speech. 

Read article: ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four is now a policing manual’

High Court review for College of Policing guidance on hate crime

07/08/2019

Police guidance on “hate incidents” is to be challenged in the High Court by a former officer who tweeted an allegedly transphobic limerick.

The case will be heard in November after the man was given approval yesterday to make his challenge.

Harry Miller, who was a constable in the 1990s, says that guidance to forces in England and Wales from the College of Policing results in a “chilling of free speech”. He claims that officers from his old force, Humberside police, warned him that a reference in a tweet to Jenni Murray, the Woman’s Hour presenter, could be transphobic.

Read article: High Court review for College of Policing guidance on hate crime

Lincolnshire man challenges police transphobia guidelines

06/08/2019

A man interviewed by police over alleged transphobic tweets is challenging police guidance on hate incidents against transgender people.

Harry Miller, from Caistor in Lincolnshire, was contacted by Humberside Police over a limerick he re-tweeted.

 

He is now seeking a judicial review of the College of Policing (CoP) guidelines at the High Court.

Read article: Lincolnshire man challenges police transphobia guidelines

'Limerick Criminal' takes legal action against police over 'transphobic' tweet

13/05/2019

Harry Miller, the self-styled 'Limerick Criminal,' was contacted by police after he retweeted a limerick about transgender people on Twitter. Now, he's taking legal action against the police. Whose side are you on?

Police are criminalising opinions, say campaigners

11/05/2019

People warned by the police over comments they made about transgender issues are launching a pressure group and legal action next week, challenging “Big Brother interference” with their free speech rights.

The Fair Cop campaign is headed by Harry Miller, 54, from Lincolnshire, who was visited at work in January by Humberside police for retweeting a limerick that said trans women had silicone breasts. The force admitted there was no crime, but described it as a “hate incident” and said it would be monitoring Miller’s and his wife’s social media accounts.

 

Read article: Police are criminalising opinions, say campaigners

Businessman, 54, investigated by police over Twitter poem about transgender people launches a landmark High Court battle to overhaul official rules on hate crimes

15/05/2019

A businessman investigated by police over a poem about transgenderism is launching a landmark High Court case to overhaul the official rules on hate crimes.

Harry Miller is to seek a ‘judicial review’ of the hate crime guidelines followed by police forces across Britain, claiming they are ‘unlawful’ because they ‘inhibit freedom of expression’.

Read article: Businessman, 54, investigated by police over Twitter poem about transgender people launches a landmark High Court battle to overhaul official rules on hate crimes

 

Tweet investigation man sets up 'freedom of speech' group

14/05/2019

A man from Lincolnshire has set up a campaign group which he says is aimed at protecting freedom of speech.

Harry Miller was spoken to by Humberside Police after he re-tweeted a poem about transgender women which some people found offensive.

Mr Miller, who is a former police officer, was not arrested or charged with anything - and has complained that his freedom of expression was being supressed.

At the time, he said he was "utterly shocked" to be questioned by a police constable. 

"This is not about being anti-trans. This is all about telling the police to respect the law. The European Convention of Human Rights says we are able to engage in lawful political discussion without any interference whatsoever. And yet, the police have sought to shut me up and shut me down." Harry Miller

 

New UK lobby group calls for change to police rules over trans comments

13/05/2019

A comedian and a former policeman reprimanded by the police for making public comments on transgender issues have backed a new lobby group set up to push for police guidelines to be changed.

Fair Cop, launched this week, argued that British police are misusing hate crime laws to "harass" those who question whether trans women should be able to identify as women and access female-only spaces, by saying any complaints had to be recorded.

 

Read article: New UK lobby group calls for change to police rules over trans comments

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