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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.

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.

The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to Bedfordshire Police for comment, but received none in time for publication.

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