On July 7, 2005, an unspeakable tragedy took place in London. A group of muslim extremists coordinated a series of suicide bombings that killed 52 innocent British civilians and injured over 700 others.
And just days before the anniversary of this heinous crime – and less than a month after an Islamic State-inspired attack in Tunisia, which left 30 British tourist dead – a chilling image was captured in London in front of Big Ben.
A man with a child on his shoulders was proudly displaying a black flag bearing marks of the Islamic State by draping it across his back.
— Anthony Shaw (@AnthonyShaw_) July 5, 2015
But despite this blatant act of support of the Islamic State and its international crimes of terror, the man wasn’t arrested or brought into custody. The Metropolitan Police issued a statement on the matter: “The man was spoken to by officers, with consideration given to relevant legislation, particularly the Public Order Act. The decision was taken by officers at the time that the man was acting within the law. He was not arrested,” the report said. “Wearing, carrying or displaying of an emblem or flag, by itself, is not an offense unless the way in which, or the circumstance in which, the emblem is worn, carried or displayed is such as to cause reasonable suspicion that the person is a supporter or member of a proscribed organization,” the report went on. “While support of and membership of ISIS is unlawful, it is not a criminal offense to advocate the creation of an independent state.” Twitter users weighed in on the matter, opposing police actions strongly.
What is this country coming to when a man & child are allowed to walk outside the Houses of Parliament draped in the ISIS flag …….. — Kezz Buttriss (@KezzButtriss) July 5, 2015
What do you think? Is this an omen of attacks to come? Should people like this be allowed to display their support of ISIS in such a way? Tell us in the comments.