UK: Man Who Posted Mandela Joke On Internet Held For 8 Hrs,Fingerprinted,DNA Swabbed,Computer Seized
(Daily Mail) –A sandwich shop owner endured eight hours of questioning by police and had his computer seized for three weeks â€“ after making tasteless Nelson Mandela jokes on the internet.
Neil Phillips, who runs Crumbs in Rugeley, Staffordshire, says he was also finger-printed and DNA-swabbed after officers received complaints about what he insists were harmless gags.
In one online post, the 44-year-old wrote: ‘My PC takes so long to shut down Iâ€™ve decided to call it Nelson Mandela.’
Mr Phillips was arrested at his home on September 10 and was taken to a police station where he was quizzed about the postings on the Rugeley Soap Box website.
He said: ‘It was an awful experience. I was fingerprinted, they took DNA and my computer’.
‘It was a couple of jokes, Bernard Manning type.
‘There was no hatred.
‘You can question the taste, but theyâ€™re not hateful. I told the police they got plenty of “likes”. What happened to freedom of speech?
‘I think they over-reacted massively. Those jokes are “out there”, anyway.
‘When they took my computer, I thought, “what the hell are they looking for?” To be questioned would have been over the top, never mind arrested.’
‘They are jokes that I cut-and-pasted,’ insisted Mr Phillips. ‘I didnâ€™t make them up and I didnâ€™t put them on a public site.
‘You have to sign-up and join. Itâ€™s turning into the thought police â€“ you canâ€™t do this, you canâ€™t do that.
Liberal Democrat Councillor Tim Jones was so incensed by the one-liners, aired at a time when Mandela was critically ill, that he made an official complaint. [...]
What of the left-wing extremists who attended the â€œThatcherâ€™s Deadâ€ street party? Which eventually turned into a violent riot, ….but of course.
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