UK: Two teens arrested for hate crime after mocking George Floyd killing

Jun 2, 2020

British police have arrested two teenagers after they posted a photo on Snapchat in which they re-enact the death of George Floyd. The two young men are seen grinning as one kneels on the neck of the other, in an apparent mockery of Floyd’s suffocation by a police officer. The post is accompanied by the words ‘Police Brutality’.

There’s no disputing that the image is gross and stupid. However, the arrest of the two men is more concerning than their misguided social-media post.

A police statement confirmed that the post is being treated as a hate crime, and that the individuals had been arrested ‘on suspicion of sending communications causing anxiety and distress’.

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