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Police officer on offensive meme charge will go to Supreme Court

A suspended police officer who denied posting a “grossly offensive” message on social media will have her case heard in the Supreme Court, it was confirmed yesterday.

Magistrates’ Court heard that the higher court had accepted an application by Barbi Bishop, 43, to have her case heard there.

The application was filed last Friday on the basis that the charge conflicted with her right to free speech.

Ms Bishop, from Sandys, pleaded not guilty on November 13 last year to posting a meme on Facebook and Instagram that read “All Lives Splatter. Nobody cares about your protest. Keep your a** out of the road”.

The meme was alleged to have been posted on June 3 last year.

Victoria Greening, for the defence, argued last week that the charge was a violation of Ms Bishop’s Constitutional rights.

She added that, because the case involved human rights law, it would have to be heard in front of the Supreme Court.

A Supreme Court appearance date is still to be fixed.

Ms Bishop opted for trial in Magistrates’ Court when she was first charged.

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