Dallas reporter Barrett Brown arrested in UK over ‘KILL COPS’ banner

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Former D Magazine Contributor Barrett Brown was on a riverboat in east London last month when British police arrived to arrest him. After he released his bail, the Dallas native was released the next day but was quickly caught by immigration officials.

The beleaguered journalist and the ex-US pat would have exceeded the duration of his visa, according to the Guardian . Authorities also targeted Brown for allegations of incitement to hatred and public order offenses relating to a banner he held up during a protest, which read “Kill the police”.

Talk to GuardianBrown said he plans to seek asylum in the UK.

Freelance journalist and media critic, Brown is known for his “close association” with the anonymous hacking movement, according to US Press Freedom Tracker, a database of press freedom incidents. When federal authorities began cracking down on a group of hackers linked to Anonymous in 2012, the FBI raided Brown’s home and that of his mother.

After that, Brown was arrested and charged with numerous federal charges, including threatening an FBI agent. He was eventually sentenced to more than five years in prison.

According to GuardianBrown had been in Britain since late last year but gained attention after being pictured during a protest in London in April. There, Brown held up part of a banner that was supposed to read “COPS KILL”. At one point, however, the two words were reversed.

A photo of Brown holding the banner began to circulate on social media, and soon right-wing reporter Andy Ngo accused him of being linked to Antifa.

Brown told the Guardian he had been arrested for alleged offenses relating to the banner. He hoped to be granted asylum in the UK because he felt he had been persecuted for his journalism in the United States.

“The asylum case is something I have been thinking about doing for a few months, because I am just not sure whether the United States will be able to treat me properly any more than they did the last one. times, “he told the Guardian.

Brown did not return the Observerthe request for comments from the date of publication.

About five years after the 2012 FBI raid, Brown was arrested again after speaking with VICE about the “creeping state of surveillance of the country”. The following year someone threatened to detonate D Magazine if he didn’t stop publishing Brown’s work.

Dallas officials have never charged anyone in connection with the bomb threat, according to US Press Freedom Tracker. D Magazine Editor-in-chief Tim Rogers wrote about the ordeal, but within days of publication the article was “abruptly deleted without any explanation.”

Brown’s public feuds with law enforcement have won him a number of supporters. He also gained wide support among press freedom groups and somewhat became a figure in popular culture, earning a mention in the television series. Card castle.

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