Former UK Officer Wins Legal Battle Against ‘Thought Police’

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A former police officer from Lincolnshire, England was charged with a hate incident over alleged transphobic tweets he wrote in 2019. After a two-year legal battle, he has been vindicated. Harry Miller explained how an officer came to question him about the tweets and said, “I’m here to check your thinking.” Miller told the officers about Orwell’s novel 1984, advising them that it was a dystopian novel, not a police ‘how-to manual’. Miller’s lawyers told the Court of Appeal that the current police guidance unlawfully violates citizens’ right to free speech.