The following day, Ahmed was arrested and “charged with a racially aggravated public order offense.” The police spokesman explained that “he didn’t make his point very well and that is why he has landed himself in bother.” The state proceeded to prosecute him, and in October of that year, he was convicted “of sending a grossly offensive communication,” fined and sentenced to 240 hours of community service.
As demonstrators demanded he be imprisoned, the judge who sentenced Ahmed pronounced his opinions “beyond the pale of what’s tolerable in our society,” ruling: “I’m satisfied that the message was grossly offensive.” The Independent‘s Jerome Taylor noted that he “escaped jail partially because he quickly took down his unpleasant posting and tried to apologize to those he offended.” Apparently, heretics may be partially redeemed if they publicly renounce their heresies.
Criminal cases for online political speech are now commonplace in the UK, notorious for its hostility to basic free speech and press rights. As The Independent‘s James Bloodworth reported last week, “around 20,000 people in Britain have been investigated in the past three years for comments made online.””
Police force in the ‘most corrupt city in America’ is disbanded after speed trap scam that made up half of city’s revenue was exposed
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The city that once covered half of its $1million budget with speeding ticket fines and other ‘police revenue’ is disbanding its department.
The Waldo City Council voted 4-1 on Tuesday to dissolve the police force after both the police chief and his replacement were suspended over allegations that included ticket quotas.
The decision to disband Waldo’s police is partly due to the estimated costs of modernizing the department’s facilities and computer systems, which investigations triggered by corruption allegations showed were outdated.
Scandal: Former police chief Mike Szabo resigned following a scandal over a speeding ticket quota and an investigation into police misconduct
Waldo had been one of two towns designated by the American Automobile Association as a ‘traffic trap,’ meaning that it considered law enforcement practices to be more focused on generating revenue than enforcing safe driving behavior.
‘Looks like you have some work to do when you come in,’ Szabo wrote in an email after an officer recorded only four tickets one day, according to the Tampa Bay Times.