‘I’m ringing you up as I need to check your thinking’

December 15, 2019

 

 

 

 

LEGAL QUANDARY: “The reason I went to court, is that one, I had been defamed without any evidence, and two this was a fixed instance in the records of Humberside Police. That’s the thing about a hate incident, according to police guidelines, no evidence is required. If a third party perceives it as being hateful, it’s hateful – that’s it. The scary thing is there is no recourse, there is no mitigation, there is nothing to expunge the hate element of an incident.” – Harry Miller, on his treatment by Humberside Police of what he posted on Twitter.

 

A FORMER policeman who runs a charity is suing his former bosses after being accused of committing “hate speech” after questioning transgender ideology on Twitter.

Harry Miller, chief executive of charity Fair Cop, was contacted by a cohesion officer from Humberside Police in January 2019 that he had been reported for “hate speech” by a third party in London for 30 tweets, including one about a limerick, that he posted that the they (the offended party) perceived to be”transphobic”.

‘Incident can be recorded on the feelings of third party’

Despite asking the officer who contacted him if he had committed any crime or broken any laws, the officer made it clear he had committed no crime but due to the nature of what he had posted, he had committed a “hate crime” non-incident and it would appear permanently on his record.

Miller talks about his experiences on You Tube to a charity that has been supporting him in bringing this legal case.

‘That makes you the thought police’

Miller said: “Why are you ringing me, then? Well, he said ‘I need to check your thinking’. And I said: ‘Hold on a minute, you’re a police officer and you’re ringing me to check my thinking.

“And he say ‘yes’. I said to him: ‘Have you any idea what that makes you?’ and he said, ‘no’. And I said that makes you the ‘thought police’.

‘Internally they are paid to check people’s belief systems’

“Since we’ve discovered this, PC Gul has denied this aspect of the conversation but it is irrelevant. We found a standing order from Homicide Police that requires them to check people’s belief systems – that is what it says.

“Challenge and check people’s belief systems, so irrespective of the misrepresentation of PC Gul it is irrelevant, it is their standing orders to check people’s thinking.

‘Police have defamed me without any evidence’

“The reason I went to court, is that one, I had been defamed without any evidence, and two this was a fixed instance in the records of Humberside Police. That’s the thing about a hate incident, according to police guidelines, no evidence is required.

“If a third party perceives it as being hateful, it’s hateful – that’s it. The scary thing is there is no recourse, there is no mitigation, there is nothing to expunge the hate element of an incident.”

In a screen shot of the logged incident, it shows the incident on Miller as a “crime report” and the offence is listed as a hate crime and the investigation type is listed as a “non-crime”. (Please view the back-link to see this as it puts what Mr Miller alleges into context).

Miller said: “The phrase ‘crime non-crime’ has got to be the best example of Orwellian doublespeak that I’ve ever heard. If you are a potential employer and you do an enhanced DBS check, you’re going to see the word crime report, you’ll see the word offense, you’re going to read the word ‘hate’ and you’re never going to even read that ‘crime non-crime’ thing before you wrap it up and throw it in the bin.”

‘This is guidance but the Police have conflated it with law’

“The police forces of England and Wales have adopted guidance as if it were law and if you ask for the underpinning law to their guidance they simply give you the guidance as they conflate law with guidance.

“This cannot stand in a free and democratic society that is based on the rule of law, you cannot have a situation where the police are not required to have evidence before they record you as having committed a hate incident.

‘This could be on your DBS check and you won’t know it’

‘My main concern that like the old National Lottery logo, ‘it could be you’. if you’ve ever reported or tweeted something or that third party don’t like what you say, the police are obliged to record it as a hate incident and it may well appear on an enhanced DBS check and you will know nothing about it.”

 

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