British law enforcement arrested a man for retweeting a post on Twitter that reportedly caused an individual to feel anxious.
The incident happened on Friday when Hampshire Police arrived at 51-year-old Army veteran Darren Brady's home in Aldershot after he shared a meme of pride flags that were shaped as swastikas, Daily Wire reports.
In the video, Brady asks the police why he was being placed in handcuffs. An officer responded, "It didn’t have to come to this at all.
"Tell us why you escalated it to this level because I don't understand," Brady said to the officer.
"Someone has been caused anxiety based upon your social media post," the officer responded. "That is why you have been arrested."
During the incident, a former police officer, Harry Miller, was also detained when he tried to prevent police from arresting Brady.
Miller told The Daily Wire, "This is a far left and alt-left workaround of law. It is a way of controlling people without bothering with the law, without bothering with the courts, without bothering with anything."
Adding, "It is just scaring the shit out of people so that they don't say what they think. And it works."
Hampshire Police and Crime commissioner, Donna Jones, heavily criticized the officers' actions after the video went viral across social media.
"I am concerned about both the proportionality and necessity of the police's response to this incident," Jones said. "When incidents on social media receive not one but two visits from police officers, but burglaries and non-domestic break-ins don't always get a police response, something is wrong."
Hampshire Police released a statement and said, "We are engaging further with our police and crime commissioner to make sure that we deploy our resource in a way that reflects need in our local communities."
Army Veteran Darren Brady has since been released, and took to Twitter to criticize Hampshire Police for his arrest.
"It's nice to be able to enjoy a Sunday morning in peace without being harassed by @HantsPolice trying to extort money from me, or have me "re-educated" for sharing a meme on the Internet," Brady said in a post on Twitter.