I’m telling you, our rights are slowly but steadily eroding.

While this incident occurred in the United Kingdom, we typically lag behind the United Kingdom by about ten years, so you can anticipate us to follow the same path.

A man in the United Kingdom was recently imprisoned for sharing “offensive memes” about George Floyd’s death, according to the authorities.

Don’t get me wrong: I don’t think people should be posting memes about a dead man, or for that matter, legitimately offensive memes about anyone. I believe that we should all continue to follow the golden rule of treating people as we would like to be treated. There’s a lot of power in that one small thing that every one of us can do.

However, it shouldn’t be a crime to share a meme under any circumstance, maybe with the exception that a genuine threat is made in the meme.

The Express UK reported,

James Watts, who worked for West Mercia Police prior to resigning, sent images to his friends making references to not being able to breathe. The 31-year-old also made crude jokes about genitalia.

Watts, from Clifton Road, Castle Bromwich had previously admitted to 10 charges of sending grossly offensive messages.

Today, (June 14), he was sentenced to 20-weeks in prison, reports Birmingham Live.

In an unusual move, Deputy Judge Tan Ikram, having heard the case at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court, announced he would pass sentence over the road at the Birmingham Crown Court annex building.

It meant Watts had to walk unceremoniously through the street in front of waiting photographers having covered up outside court for his previous appearance.

Judge Ikram said: “You undermined the confidence the public has in the police. Your behaviour brings the criminal justice system as a whole into disrepute.

“You are there to protect the public and enforce the law. But what you did was the complete opposite.”

I haven’t actually seen the memes and I wouldn’t post them here if I found them, but from what I’ve read, they were racist in nature as well as offensive in another manner.

Again, I think that it was definitely wrong, but unless it was threatening, I don’t see why he should be imprisoned for it.

Daniel

Daniel is a conservative syndicated opinion writer and amateur theologian. He writes about topics of politics, culture, freedom, and faith.

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  • Thank God our ancestors decided they couldn’t live under British tyranny and were willing to risk their lives and fortunes for freedom. There is no right NOT to be offended; this prison sentence for a man expressing his views, however obnoxious or unfair they might be, is an outrage to everyone who understands our God-given right to say what’s on our minds without Orwellian government censors. Allowing people to speak freely permits them to vent frustrations– that’s a healthy outcome. George Floyd was a violent felon, a career criminal whose death should have been a teaching moment for the dangers of Chinese fentanyl- it’s understandable that police world-wide would be shocked that some Americans imagine he’s a martyr or even a hero. He should also be a teaching moment for dangers of resisting arrest since that contributed heavily to his demise- instead of asking to be rushed to an ER, he didn’t speak up when asked if he was “on something.” His death doesn’t mean we can’t be critical of how he wasted his life or mention harm he did to others- honesty compels us to be truthful about his sordid character and condemn the violence, arson, mass looting, at least two dozen deaths & $2Billion in property damage caused by thugs who exploited his death. We should also recognize that Fentanyl Floyd’s virtual deification by race baiters and cop haters is provoking others to attack and ridicule him in response– and again, thank God that in OUR country, these discussions, however controversial, ALL warrant protection under our remarkable First Amendment.

  • STUPID PEOPLE>FLOYD DIE OF AN OVER DOSE OF DRUGS IN THE HOSPITAL HOURS LATER>:SMITH SR

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  • THERE IS NOTHING THAT CAN BE SAID ABOUT GEORGE FLOYD THAT CAN BE CONSIDERED “OFFENSIVE”, IN MY OPINION, GEORGE FLOYD HIMSELF IS OFFENSIVE !!! F**K GEORGE FLOYD !!!! MAY HE ROT IN HELL, WHERE HE BELONGS !!!!

  • FLOYDEE WAS NOTHING BUT A SCHITT COLORED MORONIC GANGSTER, WITH MANY MANY CRIMES HE COMMITTED. NOW THESE LIBTURDS MAKE A “SAINT” OUT OF HIM IN ORDER TO GET AWAY WITH OTHER CRIMES.

    • AND – -We have the imposter president, Kenya’s very own fraudbama, who taught all those foolish enough to listen to him, that right is wrong, up is down and good is evil. Commie pelosi and all her komrade followers, who infiltrated our government, starting in the 1960s, just keep pushing that narrative.

  • Britain has no more personal freedom. People are imprisoned for even the slightest derogatory Islamic comment. That must be the reason Islamic people ran a human trafficking ring for several years there without being challenged. Many young British girls were raped and imprisoned by this group while police did nothing, not wanting to offend Muslims.

  • Well this is what happens when the mentally gullible show how ignorant they are! The man was a career criminal ! Not a hero by any known standard! This was Democrats suckering the stupid and gullible . Nothing more! Not to mention they got the stupid and gullible to pay for it!

  • Yeah, well idiots who actually “don’t think people should be posting memes about a dead man, or for that matter, legitimately offensive memes about anyone”, is no better than the people who want to censor free speech. Lying is lying, and if the meme, no matter how offensive, is TRUE, then it should be said, not lie about him. George floyd was nothing but a typical worthless black dirtbag that played the crime game and lost and deserved what he got.

  • George Floyd was and is NO angel! George Floyd was a criminal and a drug addict! George Floyd is NOT to be praised as he in HELL where he belongs!

  • Floyd was a total POS and it was HE who caused his own death! If he would have listened to the police he would probably be alive today! NO SYMPATHY HERE!!!!

    In this time period it is so easy to put the blame on POLICE, NOT THE PUBLIC(CRIMINALS)!!!

  • George Floyd was a violent career criminal who died because he was a major drug addict who wouldn’t stop using no matter how bad it got. On the day he died his body had enough fentanyl, crystal meth, THC and other drugs to kill a horse. The police made the mistake of actually trying to do their jobs. They should have detained him without force and waited for the ERT’s to arrive. If he decided to walk away he wouldn’t have gotten far. The man was no more than a typical criminal drug addict. If our criminal justice system wasn’t so dysfunctional he wouldn’t have been on the street in the first place.

  • Treat people as you would want them to treat you. If I was a criminal I would expect people to treat me like a criminal. If I was to resit the police I would expect them to use enough force to overpower me. That means more force than what I am using. If they use the same force as I use then we just roll around on the ground and get nowhere.

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