According to a harrowing new story in the UK’s Daily Mail, a woman in England was arrested in December, locked up for seven hours, and finally released pending a full investigation. All of this was done in front of her autistic daughter and her 20-month-old son. To this day, she has still not had her laptop and other computer devices returned to her by the Hertfordshire police.
Kate Scottow’s crime? Telling a transgender trouble-maker (“activist”) that “she” is really a man.
From The Daily Mail:
Three officers detained Kate Scottow at her home before quizzing her at a police station about an argument with an activist on Twitter over so-called ‘deadnaming’.
The 38-year-old, from Hitchin, Hertfordshire, had her photograph, DNA and fingerprints taken and remains under investigation.
More than two months after her arrest on December 1, she has had neither her mobile phone or laptop returned, which she says is hampering her studies for a Masters in forensic psychology.
Writing on online forum Mumsnet, Mrs Scottow – who has also been served with a court order that bans her from referring to her accuser as a man – claimed: ‘I was arrested in my home by three officers, with my autistic ten-year-old daughter and breastfed 20-month-old son present.
‘I was then detained for seven hours in a cell with no sanitary products (which I said I needed) before being interviewed then later released under investigation … I was arrested for harassment and malicious communications because I called someone out and misgendered them on Twitter.’
The arrest has been confirmed both by police and by the transgender activist who filed the complaint.
That activist, known as Stephanie Hayden, has been busy on Twitter rounding up the usual transgender allies, all of whom assure Hayden that “she” is in the right and that anyone who disagrees will soon be seen by history as the “homophobes of the 1950s.”
“Stephanie is a woman – and that is a legal fact,” tweeted one supporter. “And being transgender does not mean it’s okay to be harassed. Would you tell a gay person they should simply accept any harassment they receive because they choose to be openly gay? No one deserves to be harassed.”
We don’t disagree that people should be free from harassment, but we’re not sure about the rest. It may be a “legal fact” that Stephanie Hayden is a woman, but it’s certainly not a scientific fact. It’s certainly not a common sense fact. It is a legal fact in America that it is illegal to cross the border without authorization, but good luck finding a Democrat who will call that behavior out as such. There are plenty of “legal facts” that don’t match up to reality. That seems especially true over in Europe, where political correctness has been codified into law.