Monday, 13 January 2020

UK Police Live Out A Monty-Python Skit

Make-Work Police Stupidity in the UK

There is something terribly wrong with the Police force in the United Kingdom.  One hopes that the Orwellian overreach gets exposed and then uprooted from the Force.  

Here is the problem
Police officers in the United Kingdom are spending time and resources on logging tens of thousands of “hate incidents” every year, even though the offences are not crimes.

Over the past five years, police in England and Wales have recorded over 87,000 ‘non-crime hate incidents’, using the same system that logs real crimes, the result of which can lead to the offences appearing on an individual’s background check despite not committing a crime.  [Kurt Zindulka, Breitbart London] 
At the same time as this piece of "make work" is consuming more and more police time, the police hierarchy is complaining that they are overworked.

In 2018, Metropolitan Police Service Commissioner Cressida Dick decried the lack of focus in the police force.  “My officers are very busy, they are very stretched. We have young people in London subject to gang violence, getting involved in drug dealing, stabbings, lots and lots of priorities,” she had said.
Picture this: a stabbing has just occurred in a London street.  Police officers are attending, interviewing, photographing, making notes, etc.  A crowd gathers to watch.  A police officer overhears a member of the crowd say to another observer, "another bloody Wog stabbing . . ."  Immediately the police react.  Attention is drawn away from the stabbed victims and the witnesses.  The police now begin to take down evidential notes and summaries of the hate-crime-which-is-not-a-crime to which the police have just become aware.  It is all part of the grand strategy to tackle hate in the UK. 

A former police officer has decided to take the Force to court over this pathetic nonsense. 
The UK Hate Crime Operational Guidelines state that non-crime hate incidents “must be recorded regardless of whether or not they are the victim, and irrespective of whether there is any evidence to identify the hate element”.  A former police officer, Harry Miller, who was investigated by police in Humberside, after sharing allegedly “transphobic” tweets online, has since taken the police force to court on freedom of speech grounds.

The judge presiding in the case, Mr Justice Knowles, questioned the legality of the police guidelines, saying: “That doesn’t make sense to me. How can it be a hate incident if there is no evidence of the hate element?”

“Freedom of expression laws are not there to protect statements such as ‘kittens are cute’ — but they are there to protect unpleasant things. Its utility lies in exposing people to things that they do not want to hear,” added the judge. 

Speaking to Breitbart London earlier this year, Mr Miller said: “I told [the investigating officer] about George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. I said it was a dystopian novel, not a set of police guidelines.”
What a irony.  The British police have been accused of turning Nineteen Eight-Four into an operational manual.  Meanwhile the bosses in the force complain they are overworked and understaffed.  After all, those "non-crime hate incidents" need to be investigated and reported upon, come what may.  So strange it has to be true. 

Let's hope the courts come down upon the British police with tonnes of the proverbial. 

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