The initial probing by the London Met’s specialist hate crime officers came following comments made by former Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, when he compared Muslim women wearing burqas to letterboxes and bank robbers, sparking preliminary investigations by the Conservative Party into whether the Brexit-supporting MP should be disciplined.
Breitbart Speaking to the BBC’s Asian Network earlier this week, London Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said that “some people have clearly found it offensive” but added that officers had deemed that the former two-time Mayor of London “did not commit a criminal offense.”
Commissioner Cressida Dick revealed she had checked with officers who told her comparing burqas to letterboxes and bank robbers was not a hate crime.
Calling out the police’s obsession with investigating so-called ‘hate speech’, UKIP leader Gerard Batten drew similarities with the concept of ‘thought crime’ in George Orwell’s dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four.
“We are moving into an Orwellian society where the police are exercising thought-control powers. Cressida Dick should take the 900 police officers she has investigating so-called hate speech crimes and put them back to investigating real crimes against the person and property. She should be directing the Metropolitan Police to stamp out London’s epidemic of stabbings and acid attacks — these are a national scandal,” Mr Batten said in a press release.
Mr Johnson has faced outrage from his own party and calls to be suspended after his comments in a newspaper article on Monday. The Conservative Party is reportedly sitting on dozens of formal complaints about the MP.
“This whole problem can be attributed to the Cultural Marxist, Common Purpose training given to her and others in senior positions throughout the country,” Mr Batten said. “We need to return to the concept of a police force whose job it is to prevent crime and enforce the law, not make up laws on the hoof to enforce a politically correct ideology,” he added.
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Johnson ally Conor Burns MP said “With everything else going on in London to be diverting resources into an even cursory investigation into an article is bizarre.”
“You have the head of the Met Police diverting precious resources when we are in the grip of a Muslim knife crime epidemic. It is a complete waste of police time and resources. We are in the grip of a politically correct tidal of wave of nonsense,” Mr Burns added.