- The Washington Times - Monday, May 9, 2016

A Scottish man has been arrested on hate crime charges over an online video that purportedly showed his dog making a Nazi salute, Police Scotland said.

“A 28-year-old man was arrested on Thursday 28 April in relation to the alleged publication of offensive material online (improper use of electronic communications under the Communications Act 2003), a police spokeswoman said, The Press Association reported Monday.

Markus Meechan was arrested at his home in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, for producing a now-viral clip showing his pet pug sitting in front of a video of Adolf Hitler and appearing to salute the Nazi dictator, Metro reported.

Detective Inspector David Cockburn said: “Posting offensive material online or in any other capacity will not be tolerated and police will act swiftly to tackle hate crimes that are motivated by malice or ill will because of faith, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability.

“This clip has been shared and viewed online, which ultimately has caused offense and hurt to many people in our community,” the detective said. “There is no place for hate crime in Scotland and police take all reports of incidents seriously.”

Last month, Mr. Meechan apologized to the Jewish community for the video, which he said was made to annoy his girlfriend.

“Honestly, I don’t hate anyone, the whole purpose of this was just to annoy my girlfriend,” he said in a YouTube video. “I am so sorry to the Jewish community for any offense I have caused them. This was never my intention and I apologize.”


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