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. In the judgment, Mr Justice Julian Knowles stated: “The effect of the police turning up at the claimant’s [Mr Miller’s] place of work because of his political opinions must not be underestimated. To do so would be to undervalue a cardinal democratic freedom. In this country we have never had a Cheka, a Gestapo or a Stasi. We have never lived in an Orwellian society.” 5
What is the Metropolitan Police’s and/or the Met’s Online Hate Crime Hub doing to review the implications of this judgement on its non-crime hate incident decisions and the Judge, Mr Justice Julian Knowles’ broader comments on this approach to policing?
5 High Court press summary, 14 February 2020 https://www.judiciary.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/miller-v-college-of-police-summary.pdf