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Twitter Twats Who Abuse Mikaeel Kular And Lord McAlpine Need Mocking Not Arresting

by | 19th, January 2014

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MIKAEEL Kular: police have made second arrest. Mikaeel’s Kular’s mother has been arrested on suspicion of murdering the three year old. Now police have nicked a 26-year-old man from Derbyshire and a 19-year-old from Hampshire on suspicion of committing racially aggravated public order offences.

They tweeted something unpleasant.

They are out on police bail.

And we are left wondering how selective the police are? Is it only allegedly racist tweets they consider to be a crime? What about ones advocating rape and murder ? You don’t have to look far on twitter to find someone saying something nasty or baiting the crowd. And when you do find something, should it be a criminal matter? Should you be a nark and tell the police?

Liam Stacey was the Welsh student found guilty of a racially aggravated public-order offence. His racist tweets about footballer Fabrice Muamba earned him a 56-day prison sentence. It’s always worth recalling the words of the judge who sent Stacey down:

“At that moment, not just the footballer’s family, not just the footballing world, but the whole world were literally praying for his life. Your comments aggravated this situation.”

Were we alone in thinking that mad? It wasn’t just what Stacey tweeted to his 300-odd that was wrong it was: it was obnoxious, childish, ignorant and thick it was feelings aroused by that tweet that upped his punishment. Upsetting people by making them annoyed can get you a prison sentence. Of the hundreds of  millions of tweets  made each day, Stacey’s tweets were deemed worthy of censure. So. Today we get news of the man who said the unsayable. Someone go annoyed and he got arrested.

Compare and contrast that arrest to Tweeter @racybaldhero, who has been sharing their views on Lord McAlpine, the Tory grandee who died this week. Lord McAlpine was the victim of false allegations of child abuse made on Twitter. He sued for libel and won. Now that he’s dead, @racybaldhero steps up:

 

Oh, Lord McAlpine is dead?! Good. Fecking paedo! Sue us all for libel now, y’dead fu*ker! Rachel (@racybaldhero) January

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