Monday, July 6, 2015

ISIS In London

A tourist photographed this shocking moment outside London's Houses of Parliament last Saturday...
a man, draped in an Islamic State (ISIS) flag, with a young girl on his shoulders who's also waving a terrorist flag!
This is just days before Britain marks the 10th anniversary of the 7/7 terror attacks, and only a week after gunmen murdered 38 tourists (including 30 Brits) on a beach in Tunisia!
What's equally as shocking is that police stopped the man, but did not arrest him as his actions were deemed within the law.
Social media is running hot - many say it makes them feel unsafe on their own streets.
Scotland Yard says the officers considered the dick's actions were within the Public Order Act 1986. However a closer read of the Act reveals that "...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 prescribed organisation."
The spokesman added: "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 clearly 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.'
A Home Office spokesman says ISIS is very much on it's prescribed 'naughty boys' list, and therefore showing signs you support that group IS an offence.
It's clear that someone - seemingly the officer who spoke to the flagbearing dickhead - cocked up, and needs a Public Order Act refresher course urgently!

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