“We need you to check your thinking.”
Harry Miller, a former UK police officer, was interrogated by a cop last week for “liking” and sharing polemical tweets opining that trans women are not real women.
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The 53-year-old Miller told The Mail on Sunday that a Humberside Police officer Mansoor Gul, who said he’s “representing the LGBTQ community, had interrogated him for over twenty minutes.
One post retweeted by Miller — stylized of a limerick — included the lines, “You’re a man. Your breasts are made of silicone, your vagina goes nowhere, your hormones are synthetic.” Gul told Miller that sharing this tweet constituted “hate incident.”
According to Miller, Gul said that his department had also received complaints about Miller’s broader Twitter activity, specifically his sharing of about 30 messages critical of the notion that transgender people indeed change their sex.
“We need you to check your thinking,” Gul told Miller.
When Miller, who described himself as “just a hairy-assed docker who swears, drinks and watched football,” pushed back that he didn’t author the tweet, Gul responded that it didn’t matter.
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“He said, ‘Ah, but you liked it and promoted it,'” Miller recalled. Miller also remembered Gul lecturing him about sensitivity, saying that, “Sometimes, a woman’s brain grows a man’s body in the womb and that is what transgender is.”
The Daily Telegraph reached out to Gul, who confirmed the story.
“Although none of the tweets were criminal, I said to Mr. Miller that the limerick is the kind of thing that upsets the transgender community. I warned him that if it escalates we will have to take further action,” Gul said.
In a statement, the Humberside Police stood behind Gul.
“We received reports of a number of transphobic comments being posted on social media. We take all reports of hate related incidents seriously,” the statement read. “We will always investigate to determine if a hate crime or incident has been committed and we will then take proportionate action.”
“I can’t believe what is happening in the UK in the name of transgenderism and, worse still, we’re not even allowed to think never mind talk it,” Miller told the Mail. “1984 is supposed to be a book, not a police operating manual.”
In the past year, free speech advocates have been watching with concern as a number of Britain’s police departments ramped up their hunt for perpetrators of “hate speech,” a punishable — albeit loosely defined — offense in the UK.
“The only way to protect freedom of speech is to keep bloody speaking,” Miller concluded.