If a man wants to get away with a serious crime, he should commit it while wearing a dress.
It sounds like the set-up to a misogynist joke from the 1970s, but this is the reality of policing in 21st century Britain.
Last year a man suffered a serious sexual assault in Bishop’s Stortford. In their initial appeal for witnesses, Hertfordshire Police withheld key information about the suspect that might have led to a quicker arrest, only later revealing that they were seeking a man dressed as a woman.
Worse, when Herts Police later admitted this important fact in a briefing note to the media, they warned journalists not to offend the LGBT+ community in their coverage. “We do not want to be in a situation where members of the gay or trans communities in particular are being targeted by hurtful comments or actions as a result of this information being released.”
To be clear: Hertfordshire Police actively compromised a sex crime investigation and attempted to tell the media to censor their own journalists — all for fear of upsetting the trans community.
Or perhaps it is more accurate to say the trans lobby. Most people aren’t offended by things that are true. No one cries “racist” when a suspect is described as being black. Similarly, the revelation that a crime was committed by a male dressed in a dress cannot reasonably be seen as an attack on trans people.
This fear is fostered by lobby groups like Stonewall who claim to represent trans people. Fair Cop has long been documenting the politicisation of our police forces — the glitter-covered officers, the rainbow lanyards, the Pride-branded police cars and all the rest of it. But there is something far more sinister about Hertfordshire Police self-censoring a description of a sex attacker while linking to Stonewall in its media briefing.
The College of Policing’s Code of Ethics states that police officers must not take any active part in politics. It goes on to state: “This is intended to prevent you from placing yourself in a position where your impartiality may be questioned.”
For an apolitical body, the police have a troublingly close association with trans lobby groups like Stonewall, Mermaids, Gendered Intelligence and others. (Our next blog will reveal just how lucrative this one-sided relationship is.)
Of more immediate concern is the fact that the police are prepared to compromise the investigation of a serious sexual crime so as not to incur the wrath of Stonewall: the very organisation they pay to be accredited as a “Diversity Champion”. This, as criminal barrister Kama Melly QC points out, is the logical end point for Stonewall Law.
This favouritism sends out a clear message to would-be criminals. Anyone planning a robbery or a rape shouldn’t bother putting stockings over their head; wearing them in the usual way, together with a dress and a bit of lippy, should suffice to avoid identification.
In their craven acceptance of Stonewall Law, the police are guilty of a dangerous inversion of morality, where real victims come a distant second to the imagined grievances of the transgender lobby.
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