Skip to comments.UK cops make first arrests for 'hate crime' against emo subculture
Posted on 04/11/2013 2:23:42 PM PDT by Maelstorm
Two people were arrested in Britain Thursday over an assault on an "emo" teenager -- the first such move after police began recording attacks on subculture members as hate crimes.
The term, short for emotive or emotional, usually refers to an introspective style of music -- somewhere between punk and grunge -- and its associated fashion styles.
Earlier this month, Greater Manchester Police became the first force in the U.K. to treat attacks on groups such as goths, emos and punks in the same way as crimes based on race, religion, disability or sexual orientation. The 16-year-old victim was distinctively dressed as an emo in an eastern suburb of the northern England city when he was punched in the face Monday evening, the Manchester Evening News newspaper said.
The victim describes himself as an emo, police said in a statement, adding that officers had arrested a 14-year-old boy and a 44-year-old man over the attack.
The assault has been reported as an alternative subculture hate crime and will be investigated as such, the statement added.
A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said the injured teen was hit "several times."
Garry Shewan, assistant chief constable of Greater Manchester Police, said: "It is unfortunate that this incident happened, but the fact we were able to identify this as a hate crime is very positive. Just last Thursday we announced that we will now record alternative subculture as a hate motivation."
"We hope this encourages victims to continue to come forward so we can take positive action against offenders," he added.
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assault is assault
it shouldn’t matter who or why
Exactly. You shouldn’t get your crime investigated by the FBI simply because you are a certain color, belong to a sub culture, or sexual orientation while others get only routine attention.
Dang. I thought emos were birds similar to ostriches.
or get off because you speak a different language and are an illegal...
“The next generation of “hate crimes”.”
The natural progression for this sort of nonsense is that when everybody becomes “special”, then no one is.
And then the idiotic process starts all over again.
Yeah, I thought they were extinguished.
Don’t worry they won’t include people like us in their protections. The point is to use law enforcement as an instrument of political social change rather than prosecute crimes equally. It so that anytime a leftist or one of the groups they look kindly on is attacked that they can automatically have the profile of such cases raised to produce a public perception that these victim groups are in need of constant political and social attention.
is Big Bird an emo?
I flame Libs everyday three times a day.
“Dang. I thought emos were birds similar to ostriches.”
....and what could be more sad than a flightless bird?
Did you hear about the latest in gene-modification? They’ve developed it for your lawn. it’s called “EMO-GRASS”.
You plant it in your yard, and it cuts itself.
So if I say that Bruce Springsteen fans are stupid, dupes, and have bad taste, that’s now a hate crime???
Now you have me watching Emo Philips youtube videos for the last 15 minutes.
Why so sad EMO kid?
I’ll assult a queer any day!
this bad law just gives the state extra leverage on you if you’re not one of the people/classes/groups they like.
Any excuse for a tyrant.
No “hate crime” laws are needed for a crime of “assault” - assault is crime that is definable regardless of the motive of the perpetrator.
If someone is a victim of assualt are they any less of a victim if the motive of the perpetrator cannot be found to fit a definition of a “hate crime” (what about: “she’s might %%^%%$ husband/wife and I hate him/her”).
Hate crimes are nothing other than “thought crimes”. It is not really the “assualt” they are being prosecuted for, as no “hate crime” is necessary to prosecute ANY assault. They are being prosecuted for the thought they demonstrated or expressed at the time of the assault.
A “hate crime” is a thought crime. It attempts to prosecute a particular motive for the same crime - assault - that a different motive would be excused for no more than what it is - the motive.
I do not oppose the bringing forward in the prosecution of an assault the evidence for the motive behind the assualt, no matter what that motive is. But to call one motive a separate crime is a miscarraige of justice and is really nothing other than prosecuting someone for their thoughts.
Accepting the very legal concept of “hate crime” is a totally dangerous slippery slope down to where it only takes some majority to say some opionions are “hate crimes”.
Goths, Emos and Punks were branches of the nomadic tribes of Germanic peoples referred to collectively as the Goths. These tribes flourished and spread during the late Roman Empire in Late Antiquity, or the Migration Period. The Visigoths emerged from earlier Gothic groups (possibly the Thervingi) who had invaded the Roman Empire beginning in 376 and had defeated the Romans at the Battle of Adrianople in 378.
“Club Kids”??? Is that a new “thing”?
Club kids goes back to the 1990s raves and Maurey Povich, etc. on trash tabloid tv. Adults wanting to remain young doing ecstasy and dancing to bad techno disco while dressed as crossdressing teletubbies and the like.
A movie about them provided the Home Alone kid with his first “adult” role.
Wow... I dunno how I missed that.
I totally agree. The idea of a hate crime is just a way of not just punishing a criminal but punishing what the left would call “thought co-conspirators” who because they see something negatively and express those views it supposedly is just as guilty as the violent criminal who committed the act.