Oxfod Police response to ‘transphobic’ stickers branded ‘extraordinary’

Oxford Police response to ‘transphobic’ stickers branded ‘extraordinary’, by Victoria Ward.

Credit: Oxford Pride/SWNS

Thames Valley Police has announced that those responsible could be charged with a public order offence and has appealed for witnesses. … Hundreds, or even thousands, of the stickers have been put up around Oxford since March, the police have said. …

Transgender supporters have been removing the labels and replacing them with pro-trans messages. They contain messages such as: “Non-binary finery” and “trans women are women.”

[Michael Biggs, Associate Professor in Sociology at the University of Oxford] said: “If putting up stickers is a crime then it should apply to both sides. The police are taking one side in what is quite a heated political debate and that’s not their job.” …

Zayna Ratty, the chair of Oxford Pride, said the stickers were “inducing hate crime”. She told the Oxford Mail: “I’m not sure why this is being categorised as a public order offence instead of a hate crime. …

Latest figures suggest there were more than 1,000 violent and sexual offence crimes in Oxford in the 12 months to August, an increase of almost 20 per cent on the previous year. …

A hate crime, including hate speech, could attract a sentence of six months to three years’ imprisonment, or a fine.

Reminder: Posie Parker’s billboard in Liverpool was taken down by UK police, who recognize a crime when they see one:

The PC left control the bureaucracy and most government functions. Using the power of government to enforce one side of a political debate is clearly wrong, but the left are doing it anyway. Where do you suppose this trend will stop? It didn’t work for the Soviet Union…