A man makes an obviously unbalanced comment in a video.
In that video he addresses "Liverpool", and suggests that if he had a gun, he would most likely vent his frustrations on the city.
His emotional state in the video is plain to see. He's lost it completely.
So why did the police investigate? Well, maybe its because over here we don't want to a load of randomly targetted people killed by some lunatic with
a grudge and weapons.
And lets get this straight, if a complaint is made to the Police in the UK they are bound to investigate it. They can't just dismiss it.
The Crown Prosecution Service decides whether formal charges are bought or not after
a Police investigation, which may or may not include
arrest under formal caution so that evidence is gathered that may
be used in a prosecution.
You can, however, be arrested and not prosecuted.
So whats his crime here?
Malicious communication including threats of physical violence and force.
I would venture that - in western culture - anyone making such threats in a public arena is liable to some form of investigation and/or prosecution,
even in the USA
In fact, in the USA its called Verbal Assault
I'm amazed that so many people from the USA, talking about free speech and police states etc are unaware/ignorant of their own laws ~ it took a
simple Google search to find that
At Common Law, an intentional act by one person that creates an apprehension in another of an imminent harmful or offensive contact.
An assault is carried out by a threat of bodily harm coupled with an apparent, present ability to cause the harm. It is both a crime and a tort and,
therefore, may result in either criminal or civil liability. Generally, the common law definition is the same in criminal and Tort Law. There is,
however, an additional Criminal Law category of assault consisting of an attempted but unsuccessful Battery.
Statutory definitions of assault in the various jurisdictions throughout the United States are not substantially different from the common-law
And why was he charged? Well I'm guessing here but I would imagine its because he made those threats in a public arena, in a manner that suggested to
the CPS that he may, if given access to weaponry, cause actual physical harm, and as such they wanted the matter put through a court so that either a
judge or jury could decide on the best course of action going forward.
That's what the justice system is about. If you choose to do something stupid in life, there are usually consequences.