Scottish Police Overwhelmed By New Hate Crime Act

Since the new hate crime bill took effect this week, Scottish police stated that they can’t deal with the increase in hate crime reports.

The Scottish Police Federation reported that over a third of officers have not received the proper training on the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Act. Ironically, the new law took effect on April Fool’s Day. On the first day alone, officers saw around 4,000 hate crime complaints in 24 hours.

“Officers have been brought back in to do overtime shifts and the management of that is simply unsustainable,” David Threadgold, a top police union official, told the BBC.

Instead of investigating assaults, robberies and violent crimes, Scottish police are having to deal with an average of 60 hate crimes an hour.

During the first week, police received a total of 8,000 complaints. To put that into perspective. Between 2020 and 2021, there were 6,927 hate crime complaints.

It is anticipated that the amount of hate crimes will outnumber real crimes by the end of the year. According to The Telegraph, 416,000 crimes are reported to police annually.

Rob Hay, the President of the Association of Scottish Police Superintendents (ASPS), urged caution about the bill being misused, stating that people could make false complaints about those who share opposing political viewpoints. He said that this could cause citizens to distrust the police.

Misuse of the bill was shown when woke gender ideologists demanded that the police arrest Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling for calling out several convicted criminals who now identify as women in a series of posts on social media.

In a post on X, formerly Twitter, Rowling argued that, because of the new bill, “Freedom of speech and belief are at an end in Scotland” because speaking the truth about biology is now “deemed criminal.”

“I’m currently out of the country, but if what I’ve written here qualifies as an offence under the terms of the new act, I look forward to being arrested when I return to the birthplace of the Scottish Enlightenment,” she added.

Imagine getting arrested for pointing out the truth. Luckily, the police were on Rowling’s side and confirmed that Rowling would not be arrested for “misgendering.”

“We have received complaints in relation to the social media post,” a spokesperson for Police Scotland said in a statement. “The comments are not assessed to be criminal and no further action will be taken.”

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