Friday, 8 October 2010
Hate Crime Guidance Manual
Our police force is intended to protect the lawful against those suspected as acting unlawfully, yet they're now involved in actually writing the laws.
People who indulge in public sex outdoors should not be denied police protection against hate crimes, even when their actions are unlawful, chief police officers have said. Officers have a duty to protect people who are victimised or targeted as a result of having sex in public, the guidance, issued by the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland, said.
The Hate Crime Guidance Manual said issues surrounding open-air sex 'can be complex' but warned that 'police must accept they have the dual responsibility of ensuring that any victims of crime in such environments receive a professional response'. The guidance, published last week, said: 'Whilst complaints regarding consensual public sex must be considered and responded to, it must also be noted that people engaging in such activity are potential targets for hate crime perpetrators'.
Now, I have to problem with anyone having the urge to have sex on some deserted beach somewhere in Scotland on a braw bricht moonlich nicht. It's people who actively seek places where they know they will have an 'audience' that concern me. As far as I'm aware 'dogging' is illegal yet now Scotland's police are instructed to give protection to those who so blatantly flaunt our justice system. I pay my taxes for the police to arrest those who break the law. These people are lawbreakers. They deserve no protection.
One Kent officer said: "So now we are being told not just to turn a blind eye to public indecency, we are being told to arrest anyone who has anything bad to say against people taking part in outdoor sex.
"It's getting to the stage that people who break the law have more rights than the normal man or woman in the street and as for them suffering from post traumatic stress, what about the people who witness these exhibitions and are shocked by it? What about their rights?"
Thankfully there appears to be a few police still around who possess common sense.