Kate Scottow got into an argument on Twitter. Although she said some hateful comments, Scottow thought that what goes onto the internet stays on the internet. However, after she called a transgender woman a man on Twitter, Scottow learned that the United Kingdom, and the police in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, take such an insult seriously. The police came to her home and arrested Scottow in front of her children and locked her up for seven hours.
While at her home, three police officers detained Scottow in front of her children. Then the cops spirited her off to the police station where she was questioned aggressively concerning her argument with a gender rights activist on Twitter, over the topic of “deadnaming.”
While in custody, Scottow had her DNA taken, her fingerprint registered and remains under investigation. Her arrest occurred on December 1, 2018, and yet two months later, the police still possess Scottow’s laptop computer and cellphone.
Because the police have confiscated her belongings for the investigation and had yet to return them, Scottow claims her ability to pursue her Master’s degree in forensic psychology is hampered.
Since the incident, Scottow was given a court order that forbids her from referring to her victim as a man.
“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.”
When the police were asked to comment on their arrest of Scottow, they said: “We take all reports of malicious communication seriously.”
Socttow harassed the transgender woman and verbally attacked her, and the Hertfordshire Police took the claim seriously.
Since her arrest, the U.K. police have been accused of being heavy-handed dealing with civil rights issues, especially those related to gender identity.
Although Scottow is upset that her electronic devices were confiscated, court documents accused her of executing a “campaign of targeted harassment” against her victim. The police claim that the only reason for the harassment was because of her “status as a transgender woman.”
The court documents detail the assault as a “toxic” debate that raged over the concept of people who want to “self-ID” as another gender. Scottow then blasted her victim with “defamatory” messages on Twitter.
Scottow then established multiple accounts so she could “harass, defame, and published derogatory and defamatory tweets,” about her victim, the transgender woman. Scottow not only referred to her target as a male, but she called her a “racist, xenophobic, and a crook,” in an attempt to mock her as a “fake lawyer,” despite her highly-decorated credentials.
Scottow defended her behavior, saying that she has a “genuine and reasonable belief” that a person “cannot practically speaking change sex.”
Scottow has refused to comment on the circumstances of her arrest and does not wish to comment on the crimes she has been accused of.
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