Is this the reason police won’t investigate Twitter disputes ‘simply because someone is offended’?

Offensive: Police have been told not to investigate Twitter posts as hate crimes just because they offend people – but is it because the person in charge of policing the internet is a principle offender? This image has offended people – and was posted by the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Nadine Dorries.

This is interesting:

Police should stop “wasting time” investigating when people are offended, a senior police chief has said.

Stephen Watson, chief constable of Greater Manchester, admitted police had been overzealous in recording trivial online spats and legitimate debate as hate incidents at the expense of tackling mainstream crimes.

Mr Watson welcomed revised guidance by the College of Policing, the national standards body, as a “move in the right direction”. It has decreed that police officers should no longer investigate legitimate debate or treat trivial online spats as hate incidents.

The guidance, hailed as a victory for free speech, said people contributing to political and social debate must not be “stigmatised simply because someone is offended”.

But is this the reason?

Source: Police told to stop wasting time on Twitter disputes ‘simply because someone is offended’

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2 thoughts on “Is this the reason police won’t investigate Twitter disputes ‘simply because someone is offended’?

  1. James

    I don’t find the image posted by Dorries in the least bit offensive. It’s good old-fashioned political knockabout. Quite funny really. She could have added Truss wielding a similar knife at Sunak’s back – that would have also been amusing. Incidentally, I may not find the image offensive, but I definitely DO find Dorries offensive, ditto Johnson, Sunak, Truss, the whole damn lot of ’em. AND Starmer and his mob. The LimpDems and Greens (other than Caroline) are simply not worth bothering about. And Corbyn is simply too damn conciliatory, unfortunately; the problem being that if he had been devious and vicious enough to survive, he wouldn’t have been the type I feel I could support. Sod’s Law. Also, I absolutely agree that police should stop wasting time (no need for the quotes!) investigating when ‘people are offended’. Being offended is a fact of life! I would, though, like to make it VERY clear that such as the obnoxious Israeli agent Rachel Riley should be subject to the full force of the law for the hate crimes of which they are guilty! Suffering from dogpiling and the like is very different from the indulgence of ‘being offended’.

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  2. El Dee

    Correct me if I’m wrong but I think the Communications Act (I think this is the applicable legislation) specifically mentions causing offence. I am reminded of the case of the Glasgow man prosecuted for online remarks made about Captain Tom Moore on his death. They WERE offensive but certainly NOT a hate crime and it was prosecuted as having caused offence and, obviously, not to the person concerned.

    If they want to remove that part of it then remarks like that will stand unprosecuted and it will encourage others too. I think Dorries and others look at how Americans communicate with each other and see it as a positive ie racist terms, misogyny, threats etc. They base this on ‘free speech’ whereas we base ourselves on ‘not being offensive’ to people..

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