British police harassed a grandmother for hanging in her window a hand-knit baby gorilla for the neighborhood kids to enjoy:
Feast said she explained to the officers that she loved to knit and loved even more to display the toys she had knitted in her window for the amusement of neighborhood children.
According to Feast, officers said that — gorilla or not! — she still had to take down the toy because it had offended someone. But she refused, and a police department spokesman later said that there had not actually been a complaint at all:
“The police did not receive any calls from members of the public about this,” a spokesman for Cambridge Police said.
“Instead, while out on patrol, two PCSOs saw an object hanging from a window which they thought might be seen as a potentially racially offensive object.”
I would make a joke about armed art critics, but I don’t want to give the White House any ideas.