Harry Miller was repeatedly threatened with prosecution by Humberside Police for a series of tweets he made. A judge has now found that the actions of Humberside Police violated Harry Miller’s human right to freedom of expression.
Meanwhile, Kate Scottow has been found guilty of “causing annoyance or anxiety” for her own tweets.
Campaigning organisation Fair Cop, which Harry Miller is a part of, tweeted out the results of the judgement in their case from the courtroom earlier today.
The Hate Crime Operational Guidance requires that police record all ‘non-crime incidents’ which are perceived by anyone to be motivated by hostility or prejudice. The judge found that this practice is, in itself, lawful. However, since Harry Miller’s tweets were themselves lawful, following actions by police, which included turning up to his workplace to threaten prosecution if his actions ‘escalated’, were unlawful.
Although this is a personal victory for Harry Miller, and both he and Fair Cop are likely to be relieved by the judgement, the ruling allows for the recording of ‘non-crime incidents’ to continue. The struggle over HCOG is far from over.
In a shocking counterpoint, Kate Scottow has been found guilty of failing to ‘be nice’ by another judge on the same day.
Those advocating for freedom of speech should be especially concerned at the apparent failure of consistency in judgements on display.