posted on Mar, 31 2014 @ 02:22 PM
The UK doesn't have, and never has had this so called "Freedom of Speech" in statute law.
What we have is known legally as "The negative right to the freedom of expression.", which basically means, you can do anything you wish, providing
it doesn't breach an existing law.
What was the guy actually stopped for? The public record says he was "removed and cautioned", thats not the same as an arrest, although a police
caution will go down on your permanent record. Why was he removed and cautioned? Seems it was for Breach of the Peace, which is, a criminal offence
in the UK. Therefore contravening his "Negative right to the freedom of expression".
Breach of the peace is a nasty little law, no mistake about that. However as it also says from other sources, the police were not concerned about the
noise level, nor about the subject matter, they acted because they had to, as a member of the public had made a formal complaint about it.
Thats correct, if a complaint is made, the police do have to act, otherwise they'd be remiss in their duties. In theory they could have arrested and
charged him with breach of the peace. Instead they only removed and cautioned him. Sounds to me they did the absolute minimum they had to, to be seen
fulfilling their duties.
Yes, there might have been noiser buskers in the mall, but nobody had complained about them, therefore the police could ignore them.
Sorry, but in this case, the police cannot be blamed, instead blame the small minded person who made the formal complaint about him.