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Protecting Londoners from ‘thought crime’ policing (1)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 19th March 2020.

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Photo of David Kurten David Kurten Brexit Alliance

On the 14 February 2020, the High Court ruled that the Humberside Police decision to record a non-crime hate incident against Harry Miller for alleged transphobic tweets was unlawful. The Judge, Mr Justice Julian Knowles concluded that Mr Miller’s tweets were: “lawful and that there was not the slightest risk that he would commit a criminal offence by continuing to tweet”. He described the police actions as: “disproportionate interference with the Claimant’s [Mr Miller’s] right to freedom of expression because of their potential chilling effect”. 4

Similar to the nature of Mr Miller’s tweets, how many Londoners have ‘transgender’ and/or ‘transphobic’ non-crime hate incidents recorded against them by the Metropolitan Police Service and made in the context of the ongoing debate on the reform of the Gender Recognition Act, which the Government consulted in 2018, to allow people to self-identify as the opposite sex? Can you break the number down by year to date, since 2018?

4 High Court press summary, 14 February 2020

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

MPS systems do not make it possible to identify which transphobic non-crime hate incidents relate to the consultation on the Gender Recognition Act.

Recording of non-crime hate incidents is both lawful and extremely important in protecting people. On February 14th, Mr Justice Knowles ruled that the recording a non-crime hate incident does not interfere on an individual’s rights. The Honourable Mr Justice Knowles said ‘the recording of non-crime hate incidents barely encroaches on freedom of expression, if it does so at all.”