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Hate Crime Specialists. What really is their specialism?

January 8, 2009

I was recently asked to look at a crime where a Muslim female at school has ABH’d another non Muslim Asian female, though even I could not initially tell from the names that two different faiths were involved. What of this spat then, I thought? It happened at school? Surely the teachers can deal with it? The girls were about 15 or so I seem to recall. Anyway, the hate crime Specialist called me and said, “Oi, Sergeant Twining I think the victim has brought this assault on themselves, therefore it’s not a hate crime or is the victim the Muslim girl?”  

So I dug deeper and looked at why the victim had been punched and beaten up a bit. The victim had said something like, “Don’t trust Muslims.” Now forgive me for being blasé or even being the dedicated Sergeant T Twining, but there was no provocation from the victim, the suspect had merely heard this comment.

I did not believe there was any history between the two. And I was being advised the victim was the Muslim girl. Oo-er, such is the farcical system that the Muslim girl could be classed as a victim of a non crime racist incident, but the Asian girl was a victim of a racially aggravated ABH’ing. I can’t remember now, but I did advise that the victim had not provoked anything, so we should deal with the ABH.

Perhaps the victim had been ignorant, but that does not give someone the right to beat the living daylights out of someone, does it? So, are Hate Crime Officer Specialists specialist or just side wards movers who need a little help, training, and GUIDANCE? And these colleagues have to support front line policing service delivery. Tea yaar?

was recently asked to look at a crime where a Muslim female at school had ABH’d another non Muslim Asian female, though even I could not initially tell from the names that two different faiths were involved. What of this spat then, I thought? It happened at school? Surely the teachers can deal with it? No. The girls were about 15 or so I seem to recall. Anyway, the hate crime Specialist called me and said, “Oi, Sergeant Twining I think the victim has brought this assault on themselves, therefore it’s not a hate crime or is the victim the Muslim girl?”  

So I dug deeper and looked at why the victim had been punched and beaten up a bit. The victim had said something like, “Don’t trust Muslims.” Now forgive me for being blasé or even being the dedicated Sergeant T Twining that I am, but there was no other verbal provocation from the victim towards the suspect; the suspect had merely overheard this comment in passing.

I did not believe there was any history between the two. And I was being advised the victim was the Muslim girl. Oo-er, such is the farcical system that the Muslim girl could be classed as a victim of a non crime racist incident, but the Asian girl was a victim of a racially aggravated ABH’ing. I can’t remember now, but I did advise that the victim had not provoked anything, so we should deal with the ABH.

Perhaps the victim had been ignorant, but that does not give someone the right to beat the living daylights out of someone, does it? So, are Hate Crime Officer Specialists specialist or just side wards movers who need a little help, training, and GUIDANCE? And these colleagues have to support front line policing service delivery. If we plug a round hole with a square peg it ain’t going to fit. And I am not calling this specialist individual a hole or a peg. My point is, how is this lack of understanding assisting the communities. Or was it never meant to? Tea yaar?

 

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4 comments

  1. Is there an echo in here?


  2. You mean like, this cyber space sounds like a valley? Oooooooooo. I think ASNT you are right, gees there is an echo in here. I seem to be calling, ” Tea yaar,” in Shireshire and Shireshire seem not to be listening. I have another post coming up which will make you smile. It’s a funny one especially for you.


  3. You’re a gent, sir.


  4. I came back to see if there was an echo in here.



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