Justice for Jenni Swayne - Democracy 3.0

Campaign author: FairCop

Sector: Human rights

Justice for Jenni Swayne

Despite several court rulings against them, the police are failing to obey the law that protects our freedom of speech and continue to act in an oppressive and unlawful manner.
This must stop.

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Justice for Jenni Swayne

On the afternoon of Sunday 23rd January 2022 Jenni Swayne was arrested by 3 police officers in Newport, Wales and detained for over 10 hours. She is bipolar but was refused access to her medication. She was released on her mobility scooter at 3am to find her own way home, without her mobile phone which the police seized. The police also searched her home and removed some stickers, posters and a book edited by academic Heather Brunskell-Evans.

The police state that Jenni had been arrested on ‘suspicion of criminal damage and displaying threatening or abusive writing likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress.’ The police also expressed concern that a poster had been found with ‘sharp objects’ placed behind it but they do not appear to be linking that to Jenni, and she denies that she would ever try to hurt anyone in this way.

The ‘abusive writing’ appears to mean stickers and posters put up by Jenni which mentioned various facts - the risks to women of being murdered by men or that only women have a cervix.

Jenni’s right to believe that biological sex is real and it matters is confirmed as a protected belief under the Equality Act 2010. Jenni’s right to exercise her freedom of speech was recently re-affirmed by the Court of Appeal in Miller v College of Policing and by the European Court in Pal v UK. Discussions about sex and gender identity are political speech which has an enhanced level of protection.

We believe what the police have done to Jenni is unlawful. In taking such a heavy handed approach they have discriminated against her for her gender critical views and breached her Article 10 rights to freedom of speech. The police have taken no action against other groups who sticker and flypost in the Newport area, including those who put up stickers threatening women with a gun if they don’t ‘shut the fu*k up’.

It looks like Jenni is being targeted for saying that sex is real and it matters. Stating biological reality is not offensive and if others claim to be offended by that, they have no right to demand the police take action. More importantly, the police have no legal basis for investigating people for their protected political speech.

Please both sign the petition and contribute whatever you feel able to help fund the legal costs. We want to raise money to get Jenni the best legal representation money can buy to fight this. We want the police to realise they are not above the law and they must operate without fear or favour, to protect us all – not just the groups they agree with.

Jenni has instructed Sharron Boyce of Brett Wilson LLP. If there is any money left over after we have paid for Jenni's lawyers, this will go to similar gender critical and free speech causes. We hope to be able to help other people like Jenni who have been subject to potentially unlawful police interference with their fundamental human rights.

This campaign is being led by Fair Cop, a group of individuals who have come together over shared concerns about police attempts to criminalise people for expressing opinions that don’t contravene any laws.  You can find us at www.faircop.org.uk

UPDATE 1 FEBRUARY 2022

Jenni’s solicitor Sharron Boyce has confirmed that she is currently in the ‘information gathering ‘ stage and will be asking for a copy of the custody record, the recorded interview with Jenni and the duty solicitors notes. Costs at the moment are modest, but are likely to increase if and when specialist counsel are instructed.

We aim to update you regularly, so that you know how your money is being used.

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  • Mrs J Baboolal
    It seems to me that the police throughout UK are enthusiastically pursuing and charging women at the behest of the trans ideologists. Why?
  • Anonymous Comment
    When facts are considered threatening hate speech while lies and actual threats are allowed to go unchallenged, we are in a very dangerous place in the erosion of truth and democracy.
  • Mike Phillips
    Keep up the good work!
  • Sara Kiger
    The laws that protected women from exhibitionists/flashers is being erased by trans rights.
  • Sara Kiger
    Stop experimenting on our children. Stop indoctrinating our children. Stop hurting our children. Women rights are human rights. Trans women are men.
  • Karen A Horn
    Disgusting the police are playing patty cake with the "woke" agenda. There are only two sexes. It's a biological fact. Is flunking science now a requirement to join the police?
  • Janet Wright
    Police should be fighting crime, not taking politically motivated action against free speech.
  • Anonymous Comment
    Wrote to the police and Crime Commissioner too, poor allocation of police resources
  • Anonymous Comment
    It's not hate to speak the truth !

    Thank you, Jenni ?

  • Stewart Gibb
    Good luck Jenni. You are Inspirational, bold, brave and right!
  • Anonymous Comment
    Women’s rights are being eroded
  • Anonymous Comment
    UK police are a danger to women
  • Marcia Thorpe
    I have to give my support to Jenny what has happened to her is abusive and for me a violation to all women. Thank you for fighting this fight.
  • Anonymous Comment
    Stickers should not be a crime. Feminism should not be a crime. Leave women alone.
  • Cathy Turner
    I support Jenni's right to free speech, free thinking, privacy and decent treatment at thd hands of the police. She is being openly defamed and scapegoated.
  • James Hardiman
    Good luck, this can not go unchallenged.
  • Andreana Sutherland
    Telling the truth is not a crime.
  • Lorren Boniface
    Who would have thought that we actually would have to petition the police to do their job and obey the law as it is written and not how they wish it to be. It is a disgrace. They are a disgrace.
  • Rob Lawrence
    Girl Power!!
  • Anonymous Comment
    Please take a look at my petition too in relation to this.

    https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/606790/sponsors/new?token=CmXOzurpllcHusDX5cSF

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