Police in Essex climbed aboard the virtue-signaling wagon last week by posting a photo of officers gleefully raising a "pride" flag to show their 'solidarity' with the LGBTQ community.
“We celebrate diversity by raising the Pride Progress flag for #PrideMonth at our HQ & to honour those who championed for equality before us! #WeValueDifference #PoliceinPride,” tweeted Essex Police.
But the force followed that up with a threat: “We’re monitoring our posts. All hate crime will be reported & investigated.”
Message: 'Agree with our political positions and virtue-signaling nonsense or we'll punish you.'
We celebrate diversity by raising the Pride Progress flag for #PrideMonth at our HQ & to honour those who championed for equality before us! #WeValueDifference #PoliceinPride https://t.co/rOXvmf2B7G *We're monitoring our posts. All hate crime will be reported & investigated* pic.twitter.com/iYYwJiheXQ
— Essex Police (@EssexPoliceUK) June 6, 2022
Several who responded to the police tweet pointed out the lunacy of their wasting time and resources on offensive social media posts while people in their city are being stabbed on the street in broad daylight.
“And who defines 'hate crime'? You?” asked one respondent. “What qualifies you to do that? You don’t even know what you’re being paid to do anymore.”
“Are you seriously threatening the population that if we don’t comply to your ideology and speak out an objection, you’ll investigate us? Wow. Too bad you don’t put that kind of passion into stopping grooming gangs from raping young girls,” said another user.
“Doing something so popular that you have to warn people you’re monitoring your posts for ‘hate crime’ (not a real crime btw),” another user said.
People in the UK are routinely investigated and sometimes charged by police for “hate crimes” that have become so broad, anyone from a minority group who claims they were offended is enough for authorities to treat and record it as a “hate incident.”
Back in 2015, the head of the National Police Chiefs’ Council said that due to a lack of resources, officers would be unable to attend some burglaries. In 2018, it was revealed that two-thirds of burglaries are not even investigated.
However, resources always seem to be available when it comes to policing thoughts and words.
By comparison, however, in 2017 a report noted that British police arrested 3.395 people for "offensive online comments" in a single year. Two years later Harry Miller, a former police officer, was interrogated for about 30 minutes for the 'high crime' of liking a tweet that was deemed offensive by people in the transgender community.
In the summer of 2021, Summit News reported, West Midlands Police were blasted for bragging on Twitter about arresting a 12-year-old boy who allegedly sent 'offensive messages' on social media. And a video from 2020 shows plainclothes police officers questioning a man at his home after he reportedly posted "offensive" comments on Facebook regarding a political discussion.
"As we highlighted last year, Merseyside Police were forced to respond after officers took part in an electronic ad campaign outside a supermarket which claimed 'being offensive is an offence,' with authorities later clarifying that it is in fact not an offense," Summit News added.
These are not serious people, which means Britain is no longer a serious country, caught up in its own cycle of woke societal 'rules' that other supposedly guaranteed rights and protections are literally being trampled in their endless pursuit of being woke and politically correct enough.
The nature of expression, speech and language is sometimes offensive -- that is what makes us truly free. If we cannot express an opinion that some people or even most people don't share, then we aren't really part of a 'free' society.