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Old 06-12-2005, 06:52 PM   #1
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Arrest for 'gay' horse jibe is absurd, says Tatchell
By Roya Nikkhah
(Filed: 12/06/2005)

Police officers who arrested a student for calling a police horse "gay" have been accused of "absurd heavy-handedness and over-reaction" by a leading campaigner for homosexual rights.



Peter Tatchell of the pressure group Outrage! said that the arrest of Sam Brown, a student at Oxford University, "brought the police service into disrepute".

Mr Brown, 21, a student at Balliol College, was arrested for causing harassment, alarm or distress and fined 80 after asking a mounted police officer if he knew that his horse was homosexual.

The student made the remark during a night out in Oxford where he was celebrating completing his English Literature degree.

Mr Tatchell, who has handcuffed himself to Robert Mugabe, the president of Zimbabwe, in his campaign for homosexual rights, accused the police of grossly wasting their time and resources. "The police are not doing nearly enough to halt genuine violence against gay people and yet they waste their time on this absurd arrest," he said.

"Gay people do not need this kind of bizarre protection from the police and it risks creating a homophobic backlash."

Mr Tatchell also called on Thames Valley Police to issue a full apology to Mr Brown and rescind charges against him.

The undergraduate had approached two mounted policemen in the city centre after leaving a bar where he had been drinking with friends. He was then handcuffed and taken to a police station where he was given a fixed penalty notice after spending the night in a cell.

"The whole thing is absolutely absurd," said Mr Brown. "There were about six police officers and a whole load of patrol cars. I will be speaking to a solicitor to see how I can overturn the ruling."
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Old 06-12-2005, 08:57 PM   #2
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police did the right thing. He was publicly drunk and being an idiot. Give him a night in jail to sober up. Its other people that are being idiots.
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Old 06-12-2005, 10:46 PM   #3
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I don't feel like we are getting the whole story and if we are I really dont see the guy being a threat to anyone and didn't see any disrespect for the officers, basically I seen what was meant to be a funny comment go bad.
(either way dont mess with cops especially when your drunk there is in no way any good ever going to come out of it).
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Old 06-12-2005, 11:15 PM   #4
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The UK has laws for public intoxication too? The dude asked a question about the policeman's horse. Big whoop. Cop over-reacted, abused authority, and now looks like a douche.
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Old 06-13-2005, 07:26 AM   #5
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The UK has laws for public intoxication too? The dude asked a question about the policeman's horse. Big whoop. Cop over-reacted, abused authority, and now looks like a douche.
I can think of two reasons to arrest the guy, Public intoxication and using fighting words. Sure neither would keep him in jail, but its their duty to get people like that off the road. Plus if he called my horse gay .
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Old 06-13-2005, 10:12 AM   #6
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I can think of two reasons to arrest the guy, Public intoxication and using fighting words.
"Using fighting words"?? You have to be kidding. As if cops could be so easily baited.
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