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Protecting Londoners from ‘thought crime’ policing (2)

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. 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

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

The Metropolitan Police and Online Hate Crime Hub review practices on an ongoing basis and follow the College of Policing National Guidance. This work will be informed by relevant judgements of the courts.