So who is going to arrest the police offices who illegally kettled thousands of protesting students yesterday? Denying them access to food, water and warmth in freezing conditions till 10:22pm last night.
I think what the Met did to the protesting students last night was a hate crime also!
Why are these waves of arrests timed to coincide with significant days in the political calendar? All very worthy, I’m sure, but turning law enforcement into a PR event is a bit creepy.
> I think what the Met did to the protesting students last night was a hate crime also!
That debases the language so as to remove any meaning to the term ‘hate’ crime.
A ‘hate’ crime is where one seeks to destroy or harm not only an individual on the grounds of their (involuntary) membership of a corporate group but also part of the larger corporate group itself.
Crimes against people who are gay are intended to be against both the gay persons themselves and the gay community as a whole.
To call the kettling of protestors for public safety reasons a “hate crime” is to undermine the whole meaning and purpose of designating a crime as a ‘hate’ crime.
In any event, kettling is not necessarily unlawful. I understand the matter was addressed in the case of Austin v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis (2009) 1 AC 564 where the practice was upheld as lawful by the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the House of Lords.
The Student protest in London yesterday centred around the Cenotaph after the police forced them there. There is strong evidence that the Met Police intended for the poppies to be destroyed by the Protesters. I think a Code of Conduct investigation into the Met’s handling of the protest should start immediately?
“My key message to victims of these offences is tell us what is happening so we can help you but if you can’t tell the police – tell someone.”
If you have been affected by homophobic or transphobic hate crime, then you can report it to a Police LGBT Liaison Officer. If you don’t feel comfortable talking to a police officer, you can report it anonymously to an independent, LGBT reporting service like Galop. Many of the London boroughs also have LGBT hate crime forums which offer the same service. For instance, Camden Borough have a very good Forum, the Camden LGBT Forum, based in Covent Garden. Other boroughs have them too – eg West London, Lambeth, Wandsworth, Merton, Harrow…