Man Arrested For Comedy Video Training Dog to 'Nazi Salute'

Chris Menahan
May. 09, 2016

Scottish cops acting as PC police arrested a man for a comedy video he posted online where he trained his girlfriend's dog to perform a "Nazi salute" when he says "gas the Jews."

The video he shared on YouTube has received almost a million views, he says in the video "he's not racist," and was just doing it as a joke to "piss [his girlfriend] off," nonetheless he was arrested and thrown in prison for his PC thought crime.

From The Daily Mail:
A call centre worker who uploaded footage of his girlfriend's dog doing a Nazi salute and jumping when it heard 'gas the Jews' has been arrested.

Markus Meechan, 28, of Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, spent the night behind bars after police arrived at his home and arrested him on suspicion of a hate crime.

The video, which received almost a million views, showed Meechan's girlfriend's pet pug Buddha responding to anti-semitic phrases and jumping up on hearing the words: 'Gas the Jews.'

He was later released and a report has been sent to the procurator fiscal in relation to an alleged breach of the electronic communications act of 2003.

Meechan also filmed the two-year-old dog watching speeches made by Hitler from the Leni Riefenstahl directed film 'Olympia' which documented the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

On another occasion he filmed it lifting its paw on hearing the words: 'Sieg Heil.'

The dog belongs to his girlfriend Suzanne Kelly, 28.

Police said the arrest should be a warning that videos which cause offence will not be tolerated.

Detective Inspector David Cockburn said: 'This clip was shared online and has been viewed almost one million times.

'I would ask anyone who has had the misfortune to have viewed it to think about the pain and hurt the narrative has caused a minority of people in our community.

'The clip is deeply offensive and no reasonable person can possibly find the content acceptable in today's society.'

He added: 'This arrest should serve as a warning to anyone posting such material online, or in any other capacity, that such views will not be tolerated.

'This clip has been shared and viewed online, which ultimately has caused offence and hurt to many people in our community.

'There is no place for hate crime in Scotland and police take all reports of incidents seriously.'
Meechan was made to prostrate himself before some Jewish groups and insist he's "not a racist."

"I am so sorry to the Jewish community for any offence I have caused them," he said.

"This was never my intention and I apologise."

Despite the "outrage," the video has gotten overwhelmingly positive feedback on YouTube, to suggest most people don't "find the content acceptable in today's society" is delusional.

On the other hand, most people don't find it "acceptable" to throw people in prison for making jokes and causing hurt feelings.

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