Saturday, 20 April 2013

Police question Britain's youth crime commissioner over Twitter comments

Police question Britain's youth crime commissioner over Twitter comments, 17-year-old Paris Brown was chosen to become Britain's first youth crime commissioner, and it is a position that is one to be proud of. According to the Guardian on Saturday, April 20, 2013, the police aren't working with her on something, but now are looking to question Brown for questionable comments she made recently on Twitter.

Brown actually declined to take the position after she was chosen. Her declination comes after she had some tweets on Twitter made public and they were rather inappropriate.

In those tweets, Brown referred to homosexuals as "fags" and travelers as "pikeys." She also talked on Twitter about "hash brownies," which are chocolate brownies laced with marijuana. A spokeswoman for the Kent police said that Brown was spoken to by them after multiple complaints.

"Kent police received more than 50 complaints from members of the public and are currently investigating to establish whether any criminal offences have been committed in relation to this incident."

Those representing Brown don't necessarily agree with the assessment of the Kent police. They sent a letter to chief constable Ian Learmouth via the Times. They consider the actions of the Kent police to be "wholly disproportionate."

"There is nothing in the Twitter material which could be deemed even on its face to be grossly offensive or otherwise unlawful.

"Our client was also concerned to learn that officers were required to work overtime in order to access and review material on her mobile telephone. Beyond the examination of the Twitter material, the investigation was and is an unnecessary drain on limited police resources."

An investigation is ongoing to "determine the extent of the misuse of social media."

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