Police Link Meeting Someone At The Gym To ‘Right-Wing Extremism’
Police have linked hanging out with someone you met at the gym to “right-wing extremism” in a simulation advertised Saturday.
The Bedfordshire, U.K. police department made the connection in a tweetadvertising an online decision-making game called “Cross the Line,” which begins with the player meeting a friend at the gym and can end with the police arresting the player for beating up a Muslim.
The simulation begins with the player sharing an article detailing young people’s inability to find jobs. The player proceeds to go to a gym incorporating martial arts and is contacted the next morning by the friend.
“Hey it was good to meet u [sic] yesterday at the gym,” says the hypothetical friend, who belongs to a political group called “Youth Action,” in the simulation. “I’m going out tonight, wanna join?”
“Do you think you could spot the signs of right-wing extremism?” asks the Bedfordshire Police in a tweet describing the interaction.
— Bedfordshire Police (@bedspolice) July 29, 2017
After choosing to drink with the friend and go to a political rally with him or her, the player apparently beats a Muslim to death. The simulation ends with hate crime statistics in the U.K., and the Bedfordshire Police explaining that targeting someone because of their race or religion constitutes a hate crime.
Twitter users taunted Bedfordshire Police for the tweet and simulation.
What does it matter? A hurt feeling is easily worth one thousand deaths!
— Cuckshire Police (@CuckshirePolice) July 29, 2017
The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to Bedfordshire Police for comment, but received none in time for publication.
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