Hiring a member of the UK's facist police state? Not so much.
Interesting juxtaposition given that just this week, German Police busted open a far-right group planning a coup-d'etat. Do we think that operation was planned and executed with no covert surveillance? Is it a sign of a fascist police state that Police run covert surveillance? (Most people would say no, subject to proper legal frameworks and warrants).
The idea that British Police officers are somehow automatically fascists is worthy of a  tag.
Does UK Policing have issues? Of course (mostly - though not uniquely - focussed on the Met). Does that mean we need to import US-based culture wars? Goodness no. The whole "Kill the Bill" routine in 2020 was utterly pathetic. Is there systemic racism and discrimination in the UK? Yes, in places. Are UK Police comparable to US cops? No, not remotely.
Alas, the lack of nuance shown all round is very sad (though perhaps not surprising).
* British company employs a former British TSO. This is not a big deal. It is telling that the buzzfeed article has to cite three Americans to whinge about this, mostly based on the (understandably, but irrelevant) fractious relationship between the US citizenry and the mishmash of Police Departments, Sheriffs Departments, State agencies and Federal bureaus, including a not small amount of corruption.
Quotes like this are telling:
“In my eyes, this behavior is completely unethical and the work Toby has done for 15 years is indefensible
I wonder if that chap (Matt Lewis, Denver) considers the covert work done by the Germans last week to also be "indefensible"? Maybe he's a Reichsbürger and is upset his mates have been locked up.
The actual story here is RPi's response to the criticism, and their ham-fisted handling of it - namely that they didn't recognise the underlying reasons why a load of (mostly Americans) were piling in with "But Police are fascists". This shouldn't be allowed to affect hiring decisions by a British company in Britain, but the failure to step back and ask "what's going on here" is very, very careless.
Under all circumstances though, the death threats received by RPi staff and the chap in question are all entirely unacceptable and unwarranted. I mean FFS. Sending people death threats because of a hiring decision (6 months by the way, he's been there since May writing technical documentation - but only just moved into the "Maker-in-Residence" role).