The Metropolitan Police have decided not to look into whether Jeremy Clarkson’s comments about Meghan Markle were motivated by hate. In a newspaper article, Mr. Clarkson said that he hated Ms. Markle and wanted faeces to be thrown at her in the street. This caused a huge backlash from the public and campaigners.
Sir Mark Rowley, who is in charge of the Met and is the UK’s top cop, said that it was not the job of police to “police people’s ethics.” He told LBC, “Police should only step in when speech becomes dangerous or encourages violence.”
When Mr. Clarkson was asked if he had committed a hate crime, the police chief said: “There needs to be a line drawn. “Cops shouldn’t get involved in things that have to do with “is something ethical, is it moral?” Is it right or does it hurt? “.
In a column for The Sun, the host of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire said that he was “dreaming of the day” when the queen would be “forced to parade naked through the streets of every town in Britain while mobs cry “Shame!” and throw lumps of excrement at her.”
“Most of the time, the law is only broken when someone says something that is meant to or likely to cause violence. “I don’t think that’s the case here, but we’ll keep an eye on it.”
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