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Met Police Commissioner warns against ‘complacency’ in tackling gay hate crime

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  1. Kevin Maxwell 15 Oct 2013, 4:19pm

    He could start by getting his OWN house in order first ~

  2. Mister Fister 15 Oct 2013, 5:57pm

    Over the past seven years I have experienced, on nine occasions, what anyone would consider to be homophobic hate crimes.

    Seven of these homophobic hate crimes were committed by employees and agents of the Nottinghamshire Police Force.

    So Mr Met Police Commissioner, what would you suggest I do about that?

  3. Philip Breen 16 Oct 2013, 9:42am

    Resentment of police is a big issue the police could address. Police entrapment was the means used to convict people for the old gay offences. During 2013 those victimless crimes were listed as crimes that ‘can never be filtered’. There we have it: More insuperable burdens laid on gays. If the police is serious about not persecuting gays, an obvious amnesty would be to check case notes after application made to the DBS & if minors were not involved, to activate a filtering device so that those whose offences were victimless were not disclosed. People convicted for spent gay offences should be able contribute & volunteer in society like anyone else. While the Sexual Offences Act 2003 applies to all nowadays, irrespective of sexual orientation, that was not true in practice until recently. In the name of Safeguarding all have become indiscriminately ‘specified offences’. Such is neither proportionate or fair. This legislation can only make the lives of many gay people more difficult.

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