Sunday, June 12, 2005


Sam Brown, a student at Oxford University, was arrested, jailed, and fined for calling a policeman’s horse “gay.”

Here is an excerpt of the story by Roya Nikkhah in the Telegraph:

Mr. Brown, 21, a student at Balliol College, was arrested for causing harassment, alarm or distress and fined £80 after asking a mounted police officer if he knew that his horse was homosexual.

The student made the remark during a night out in Oxford where he was celebrating completing his English Literature degree.

The undergraduate had approached two mounted policemen in the city centre after leaving a bar where he had been drinking with friends. He was then handcuffed and taken to a police station where he was given a fixed penalty notice after spending the night in a cell.
(Full story here by way of NRO.)

It is unknown if the officer ever answered Mr. Brown’s question.

Mr. Brown did not say what gave him the idea in the first place.

Mr. Brown was not beaten senseless. Nor was he stripped and probed.

The horse had no comment.


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