Police chief says hate crime rates rise because of Brexit and social networks


Brexit and social media have contributed to the recent surge in hate crimes, including homophobic, biphobic and transphobic ones, if to believe the West Yorkshire police and crime commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson He believes that these two factors divide British society instead of uniting it, so people notice the differences between themselves and others and speculate on them which creates a basis for hate. West and South Yorkshire Police have seen reports of homophobic hate crime increase five-fold since 2014/15, to 961 and 375 respectively. However, the percentage of crimes resulting in prosecution fell over the same time, from 19 percent to 4 percent in West Yorkshire, and from 10 percent to 3 percent in South Yorkshire. The commissioner also asks not to blame the police for the drop of persecution, saying that there are outcomes that go far beyond the criminal justice. “A lot of victims don’t necessarily want perpetrators to be brought before the courts. They may prefer for them to be spoken to and told how their behavior is making them feel,” he said.


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