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UK police investigate British comedian over controversial tweet about new royal baby

Should police investigate incidents like this?

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British police are reportedly investigating entertainment personality Danny Baker over a controversial tweet about the newest royal baby, whose parents are the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

What did the tweet say?

The tweet, which has since been deleted, was a picture of Prince Harry and wife Meghan holding their newborn son, Archie. However, instead of Archie, the picture showed the parents holding a chimpanzee dressed in clothes.

Baker added the caption: "Royal Baby leaves hospital."

The tweet contained obvious racist connotations because Meghan Markel is half-black, which makes Archie the first multiracial royal child.

The tweet resulted in Baker being fired from his radio hosting job with the BBC. The media company said Baker's tweet "goes against the values we as a station aim to embody."

"Danny's a brilliant broadcaster but will no longer be presenting a weekly show with us," the BBC said.

But why are police investigating?

According to Sky News, Metropolitan Police, which is responsible for law enforcement in London's 32 boroughs, confirmed they are investigating the incident.

"An allegation has been received by the Metropolitan Police Service on Thursday, 9 May in relation to a tweet published on the 8 May," a police spokesperson said. "As is routine, the allegation will be reviewed and assessed by specialist officers."

Unlike the U.S., certain incidents of racism can be considered criminal offenses in the United Kingdom, which doesn't guarantee its citizens the same level of speech protections as the U.S. Constitution provides Americans.

Has Baker apologized?

He posted a lengthy apology on Twitter Friday, characterizing the incident as a "genuine, naive and catastrophic mistake."

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