In win for free speech British teen prosecuted for posting rap lyrics on Instagram has conviction overturned


In a fantastic victory for free speech in Britain a teenager prosecuted after posting rap lyrics including the N-word on Instagram had her conviction overturned today.

Chelsea Russell quoted a song by US rapper Snap Dogg, which included the lines “kill a snitch n****” and “rob a rich n****”.

She posted the line, from the artist’s 2016 track I’m Trippin, accompanied by emoji pictures of a gun and a bag of money.

The 18-year-old, who has Asperger’s syndrome, also included “RIP Frankie Murphy” as part of her publicly accessible ‘bio’.

Frankie, 13, died after he was hit by a car while riding a bike along Liverpool Road in Page Moss on October 24, 2016.

The 2017 post was reported to police and passed to PC Dominique Walker, based within a Merseyside Police hate crime unit.

PC Walker is the sister of Anthony Walker, the 18-year-old victim of an infamous race hate murder in Merseyside in 2005.


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