Police Record 120,000 ‘Non-Crime Hate Incidents’
Police forces in Britain have recorded some 120,000 allegations of so-called hate speech, though none of the instances had been found to have stopped any actual crimes.
In the United Kingdom, the police record non-crime hate incidents in criminal databases, meaning that despite having committed no crime, people will have the incidents visible on criminal background checks for six years. There is currently no appeal system in place.
A freedom of information request revealed that none of the 43 police forces in England and Wales could list a single crime that was prevented by the crackdown on free speech.
Twenty of the forces went on to admit that they do not have any system in place to monitor the effectiveness of the draconian practice.
The hate crime adviser for the National Police Chiefs’ Council, Paul Gianassi, defended the recording of non-hate crime incidents, claiming that instances of hate speech could lead to “dehumanisation and ultimately murder”.
Senior officers have also claimed that it assists the police in measuring “tensions effectively and to prevent serious hostility and violence”.
A former police officer, Harry Miller, who was investigated by police in Humberside after sharing allegedly “transphobic” tweets online, said: “Non-crime hate incident reports do not appear to have any usefulness as a crime prevention tool, but what they do have is a chilling effect on free speech because they make people think twice before saying or posting something on social media in the fear that it could land them with a criminal record.
“These reports have allowed the police to become weaponised by woke activists who seek to attack and shut people up if they dare to express any views that they do not agree with.”
The guidelines on supposed hate incidents were recently updated to apply to schoolchildren and extended to instances of “ill-will, spite, contempt, prejudice, unfriendliness, antagonism, resentment and dislike”.
In their attempts to tackle “hate” on the internet, police have also called upon the public to snitch on their fellow citizens for “things like offensive or insulting comments, online, in person or in writing”.