Sunday, July 5, 2015

Man walks past British Houses of Parliament wearing an ISIS flag and the police let him go, because they felt he broke no laws

(London) For years I've said the law is an ass in the UK where more is done for criminals and terrorists than their victims, and here is a fine example.

On Saturday the 4th of July 2015, a man dressed in an ISIS flag, carrying his daughter on his shoulders, walked up the road across the road from the British Houses of Parliament. However, when he was pointed out by the public to the police he was allowed to go on his merry way still dressed in the flag because he had broken no laws.

Scotland Yard said officers spoke to the man and considered his actions within the Public Order Act 1986.
A spokesman said: 'This man was spoken to by officers with consideration given to relevant legislation and a decision was taken by officers at the time that the man was acting within the law. He was not arrested.' He added: 'Wearing, carrying or displaying of an emblem or flag, by itself, is not an offence unless: the way in which, or the circumstance in which, the emblem is worn, carried or displayed is such as to cause reasonable suspicion that the person is a supporter or member of a proscribed organisation. 'While support of and membership of ISIS is unlawful it is not a criminal offence to advocate the creation of an independent state.'

The Public Order Act states that a person is guilty if he: 'Displays any writing, sign or other visible representation which is threatening, abusive or insulting within the hearing or sight of a person likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress thereby.'
However, a Home Office spokesman said: 'ISIS is a prescribed group. Showing signs you are a supporter of that group is an offence. And to think if you fly a Union Jack in the UK you are deemed a racist. Why, even the police will make you remove the Union flag off your uniform. But fly the ISIS flag outside Parliament, why, that's OK then.