Hate crime guidance is 'ludicrous', says former police officer

Harry Miller

Harry Miller has called hate crime guidance "bizarre"

Monday, May 13, 2019

A former police officer has slammed hate crime guidance, branding it "bizarre" and "ludicrous".

Appearing on the breakfast show, Harry Miller said he wanted the College of Policing to withdraw their guidance "immediately", and is now launching a High Court case to change the rules.

"We want them to withdraw immediately their guidance, which instructs police to record as a hate incident anything that is perceived by the victim as being hate," he told talkRADIO's Julia Hartley-Brewer.

"No evidence of hate, or in fact an incident, is necessary for it to be recorded as a hate incident."

Mr Miller was investigated by police after sharing a poem questioning whether transgender women were biological women on Twitter, which has led him to set up Fair Cop, an organisation challenging the guidance.

"It is absolutely right that the police are proactive about real hate crime, but there's a huge conflation between a bunch of idiot, racist white thugs murdering a black person at a bus stop and the police doing very little about it, and the police contacting people like me because they do not believe that trans women are women," he told talkRADIO's Julia Hartley-Brewer.

"You cannot keep politicising and weaponising the police, so we're doing something about it."

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