Intimidating the police

Pierre Brunt, 28, is a self-identified gang member and a registered sex offender, according to a Chicago police arrest report.

It wasn't immediately clear which police department the officers worked for, but both testified at the Monday court hearing.

The Law Commission said it would be providing a “robust review of the current laws” and set out how they apply online, with the process expected to take six months.

“There is a view that, with the advent of the internet, some of our more ancient laws are probably not applicable, but we do not find that,” he added, saying officers were effectively employing a “suite” of laws dating back to 1861.

“Our view on social media at the moment is that we feel that we already have a suite of offences there.” the proposed law would propose a “real risk” to free speech, adding: “With criminal laws it’s not just the enforcement that’s the problem it’s the chill it creates because people are suddenly worried their behaviour falls into the category.” He warned the definition of intimidation had so far been “very vague and subjective”, adding: “Vaguely drawn laws are the worst kind of laws and particularly dangerous when they surround speech.” Mr Wagner said the threshold for abuse that would force someone to withdraw from public life varies and “heated” political debates are a necessary part of democracy.

“That’s the real point here is that nobody is calling for the new law,” he added.

“The police don't – they found no evidence there should be a new one – but the Government is proposing one anyway because it sends a message …

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