Interesting case in Manchester. At Minshull Street crown court, Barry Thew was imprisoned for four months for wearing a t-shirt daubed with jokes about the recent deaths of PCs Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes. The court heard that on 18 September, less than three-and-a-half hours after the officers were killed, he was seen in Radcliffe town centre wearing a white T-shirt with the handwritten message on the front and back. He was arrested and taken into custody after complaints from outraged members of the public.
The words Thew had added said “One less pig. Perfect justice” and “Killacop4fun.com. Ha haaa”.
Okay, so Thew broke the law: members of the public were apparently offended by the t-shirt, so he was guilty of a section 4a public order offence – displaying writing or other visible representation with intention of causing harassment, alarm or distress. He pleaded guilty, there’s no question over that.
But what is vile in this case is the fact that Thew was sent to prison for four months (2 four month sentences to be served concurrently). It’s a fact that a lot of people don’t like the police. A lot of people would have been amused by the t-shirt – I certainly am – and if the courts are to jail someone just because of a tastless joke, the prisons would be overflowing with comedians like Roy “Chubby” Brown.
It’s time for the establishment to accept that a lot of people don’t like them. And why not? The ruling classes and their lackeys will need to look to each oher for the answer to that one.