The arrest of a 16-year-old autistic lady in Leeds, for suggesting {that a} short-haired police officer resembled her ‘lesbian nana’, shocked the world final week. Viral footage confirmed seven officers manhandling the lady as she cried out in misery, as they took her into custody for a suspected ‘homophobic public-order offence’. West Yorkshire Police initially prompt there was extra to the encounter than the video prompt, however have since dropped their investigation and no prices will likely be filed.

Whereas all right-thinking folks have been horrified by the footage, one senior West Yorkshire Police officer, Kate Madden, who can also be co-chair of West Yorkshire Police’s ‘LGBTQ’ group, has since tried to defend the officers concerned. The truth is, in her view, the true sufferer right here was not the disabled lady who was arrested for an offhand remark, however the officer she momentarily offended.

On the weekend, an unnamed policing commander, who has his pronouns and ‘Policing with Satisfaction’ in his Twitter / X biography, stated that he discovered it ‘distressing’ to see a lot public criticism of the officer on-line. In response, Madden thanked the unnamed commander for ‘displaying help’. She additionally berated different policing ‘leaders’ across the UK for failing to ‘name out’ the critics of West Yorkshire Police.

Plainly many in Britain’s police forces have realized nothing from the ‘lesbian nana’ debacle. They can not comprehend why the general public is offended about their blatant disregard at no cost speech – which matches far past this one incident. Too lots of them nonetheless appear to assume that it’s acceptable to arrest folks for inflicting delicate offence to their colleagues – even when the alleged hate prison in query is a susceptible teenager.

This isn’t nearly a couple of cops on social media, both. West Yorkshire Police have nonetheless provided nothing in the way in which of a public apology to the younger lady and her household, or an evidence to all these shocked by the footage. They can’t be allowed to get away with this.

The police can’t keep on just like the foot troopers of woke after which fake to be stunned when public belief in them continues to empty away.

Fraser Myers is deputy editor at spiked and host of the spiked podcast. Comply with him on Twitter: @FraserMyers

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