A man in Bedfordshire, England has received a “racial hatred” police record for whistling the kids’ cartoon theme song at his neighbor.
The record of the incident will remain on the man’s file for more than five years, and could also be unveiled to employers if they conduct detailed background checks.
Specific details about the supposed “crime” are unknown, however, charging someone for whistling the theme song to a children’s cartoon is arguably far-fetched and a waste of police time, that could potentially have career ramifications.
Not the first time…
In the last few years, police in the UK have been recording “incidents” relating to race, and putting them on people’s official records, even if a law has not been broken.
Some examples of this include a swimming instructor after a parent claimed that her child had his head banged on the pool wall and a homosexual man who claimed that his drug dealer ripped him off due to his sexuality.
Under the current British police policies, which were established in 2014, police forces are obliged by law to file any and all actions that can be considered to be motivated by hate, whether that be for race, sexuality, or gender, regardless if a crime was committed or not.
Over the past year, almost 11,000 “non-crime hate incidents” were placed on record, bringing the total for the past five years to more than 120,000.
However, freedom of information requests was sent to 43 separate police forces throughout England and Wales, yet there were zero actual crimes recorded reported or solved as a result.
An “Orwellian” system
Harry Millar, who is a former police officer working for a pressure group known as Fair Cop, stated that the police have lost it after the Bob the Builder story hit the news, questioning how someone can have a police record for something like that.
Rupert Matthews, the Police Commissioner stated that the police “have more than enough to do” already and that they shouldn’t be putting money, time, and energy into issues that are not of a criminal nature.
He stated further that the public has the right to be asking these questions of police forces up and down the country.
The College of Policing defended the policing position, stating that the “non-crime hate incidents” recorded will only show up on “enhanced criminal records checks” if it is relevant to the job being applied for.
David Tucker, the faculty’s head, stated that officers must allow those who have a record to issue a reply to explain the situation if they have their records checked.