Brexiteer Darren Grimes is under investigation by the police on allegations of racism

Pro-Brexit expert Darren Grimes is under investigation by the police for a "racist" YouTube interview with historian David Starkey, in which he used the phrase "damn black people".

  • The 27-year-old Brexiteer Darren Grimes is questioned with caution by the police
  • He interviewed historian David Starkey on a YouTube channel on June 30th
  • During the interview, Starkey claimed that slavery is not genocide in Africa
  • Professor Starkey put down several roles after the YouTube interview

A prominent Brexiteer, whose YouTube channel historian David Starkey used the phrase "damn blacks", is being investigated by police on suspicion of inciting racial hatred.

Darren Grimes, 27, is said to be interviewed with caution at a police station. The examination takes place after his interview with Dr. Starkey on Reasoned UK's YouTube channel on June 30th at the height of the Black Lives Matter protests.

The 75-year-old historian provoked widespread anger with his comment: "Slavery wasn't genocide, otherwise there wouldn't be that many damn black people in Africa or in the UK, right?"

Pictured Brexiteer Darren Grimes is said to be questioned with caution by the Metropolitan Police in an interview he conducted on a YouTube channel

Grimes interviewed the pictured Prof. David Starkey, who later apologized for the crime caused by his comments on the YouTube channel

Grimes interviewed the pictured Prof. David Starkey, who later apologized for the crime caused by his comments on the YouTube channel

In the excitement that followed, he withdrew from his Fitzwilliam College Cambridge scholarship and lost a book deal with HarperCollins. Dr. Starkey later said his comment was a "terrible mistake", adding, "I am very sorry and I apologize wholeheartedly for the crime it caused."

Mr Grimes – a conservative expert known as a pro-Brexit activist – also apologized, saying he should have "consulted the historian thoroughly" about the comments. Now he is accused of violating public order and of inciting racial hatred. The maximum sentence is seven years in prison.

It is believed that Dr. Starkey was not contacted by the police.

In response to the investigation, Mr. Grimes said, “At a time when many in our country are facing uncertainty and financial hardship, I cannot think of a more despicable way for the city police to abuse taxpayers' money and the trust of citizens as the annoying claim. & # 39;

He added that the threat of arrest if he did not attend the "voluntary" interview had "serious implications for freedom of expression."

Freedom of speech said the allegation against Mr. Grimes was "absurd". Toby Young, his general secretary, told The Daily Telegraph, "The only hatred that Dr. Starkey aroused was against himself."

He said Mr Grimes would never have apologized "if only days before he tried to incite racial hatred on a program". Mr Young asked if journalists would now face police action over respondents' comments. Such a measure would have "a deterrent effect on freedom of expression".

Mr Grimes founded BeLeave, a pro-Brexit group that targeted younger voters during the 2016 referendum campaign. Last year he managed to overturn an Electoral Commission fine of £ 20,000 for spending misconduct. Until 2018 he was also the deputy editor of the political website BrexitCentral.

The Met investigation comes following a complaint to Durham police. Mr. Grimes lives in London.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "On July 4th, the Metropolitan Police Service was presented with an allegation by Durham Police Department of a public order violation related to a social media video posted on June 30th. The matter is being investigated. No arrests. "