‘A man’s ‘transphobic’ tweets were lawful and police breached his right to freedom of expression by behaving like ‘the Stasi’ when they turned up at his work to brand it a ‘hate incident’, a judge has ruled.
Former police officer Harry Miller, 54, claims an officer told him that he had not committed a crime, but that 30 messages he had tweeted or retweeted over the past year were being recorded as a ‘hate incident’.
It is not known what was in the tweets which were later deleted, though he is known to have retweeted a poem which included the line: ‘Your vagina goes nowhere’.
The complaint was received by Scotland Yard from a ‘victim’. Officers in London then contacted Humberside Police to interview Mr Miller after tracing him to his plant and machinery business.
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