Fired UK Cop Faces Jail for ‘Grossly Offensive’ George Floyd Memes

A now-fired British police officer and former prison guard faces imprisonment for sending “grossly offensive” memes about George Floyd on WhatsApp.
Floyd, who died after U.S. police officer Derek Chauvin — since convicted of unintentional second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter — kneeled on his neck during an arrest in Minneapolis, was included among ten memes alleged to be “grossly offensive” which were shared by ex-constable James Watts in a group chat.

Sending such messages is a crime under the Communications Act 2003 in the United Kingdom, where the right to freedom of expression is guaranteed only under the very loose …