A policeman has been fired from the Cumbria force for gross misconduct after making a Facebook comment that was judged as likely to cause offence to Muslims.
Ross Lister, a serving PC in Barrow-in-Furness for three years, was dismissed following a Misconduct Special Case Hearing at Cumbria Constabulary headquarters, the North-West Evening Mail reported Tuesday.
Speaking at the hearing, Chief Constable Jerry Graham said: “The conduct admitted by PC Lister today … refers to a Facebook post that he wrote that he either knew or should have known, or at least reasonably have foreseen, would have caused offence and be considered derogatory to members of the Muslim faith and by people of other faiths and none.
“PC Lister’s behaviour and judgement has fallen so far below the standards expected that I have decided to dismiss him from the constabulary without notice.”
The exact contents of the comment, which was left on another post and deleted days later, were not made public during the course of the trial.
According to the paper, the comment in question was on a post about the consequences for terrorists, former PC Lister wrote: “What? Wrap them in bacon?”
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Prosecutors announced on Monday that the comment failed to meet “the very high threshold necessary for a criminal prosecution”, Cumbria’s chief constable said it “damaged the reputation of the constabulary and undermined public confidence.”
“PC Lister’s behaviour and judgement has fallen so far below the standards expected that I have decided to dismiss him from the constabulary without notice,” stated Graham.
He added: “The communities of Cumbria expect officers and staff to act on their behalf with integrity, fairness and judgement. The trust of local communities, particularly minority groups, is hard won and easily lost.”
The former police constable is far from the first to have found themselves in trouble with the law for irresponsible use of bacon. In June, Alex Chivers was jailed for six months for assaulting two Muslims in a north London street with a “slab of bacon”.
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In Sweden in March, a man was prosecuted for eating bacon too close toa group of Muslim women. He was alleged to have “dangled” bacon in front of them, and to have followed them with meat.
In December, Kevin Crehan was found dead six months into his twelve-month prison sentence for leaving rashers of bacon on the door handle of a mosque.
Previously, Breitbart London reported on the sentencing of a Manchester man to 180 hours unpaid work and a 12-month community order for comments posted to Greater Manchester Police’s Facebook page.
“Don’t come over to this country and treat it like your own. Britain first.” Stephen Bennett wrote, in response to a post appealing for information with regards to a sex case with an Asian suspect.
As the father-of-seven was being arrested, he reportedly said to officers: “Is this about that Muslim thing on Facebook? I’m getting locked up for sticking up for my own country.”