[Ed. – By Jove, they’ve got their priorities straight, over there.]
British police went to the home of a 70-year-old grandmother and interrogated her because they saw a knitted gorilla in her window and deemed it a “potentially racially offensive object.”
“Two police officers, a man and a woman, knocked on the door at about 7.30pm,” Anne Feast said, according to an article in the Daily Mail. “They told me they needed to speak to me about the ‘black body’ hanging in my window. I said ‘Pardon? Do you mean the baby gorilla?’”
Feast said she explained to the officers that she loved to knit and loved even more to display the toys she had knitted in her window for the amusement of neighborhood children.
According to Feast, officers said that — gorilla or not! — she still had to take down the toy because it had offended someone. But she refused, and a police department spokesman later said that there had not actually been a complaint at all:
“The police did not receive any calls from members of the public about this,” a spokesman for Cambridge Police said.
“Instead, while out on patrol, two PCSOs saw an object hanging from a window which they thought might be seen as a potentially racially offensive object.”