Teenager Convicted Of Hate Crime After Posting Snap Dogg Lyrics On Snapchat
A woman has been convicted of a hate crime after posting a Snap Dogg lyric on her Instagram.
Chelsea Russell, 19, from Liverpool, was charged her with the hate crime after an anonymous report with a screenshot of the post was sent to Merseyside police.
The young woman posted a lyric from Snap Dogg’s “I’m a trippin'” which contains racist language, which was deemed “grossly offensive”.
Russell argued that the lyric she posted was not offensive, but was given a community order nonetheless.
The court heard that the post was sent by Russell following the death of a 13-year-old in 2017, but did not change their judgement accordingly.
The lyric posted included a label which is seen by some as extremely offensive and racist, which the court deemed to be criminal.
After recieving the screenshot, crime unit PC Dominique Walker told the court that, as a black woman, she found the post “grossly offensive” and therefore there should be a prosecution.
Russell’s defence argued that the word had been used by Jay-Z “in front of thousands of people at the Glastonbury festival”, but this did not change the court’s decision.
It was also proved in court that anybody could “see the offensive language” which played a part in the decision to declare the post a hate crime.