Northants Police Urge People to Be Mindful on Social Media

Written by on June 16, 2020

Northamptonshire Police is encouraging people to be mindful of what they post online as comments directed at someone because of their disability, religion, race, sexual orientation or transgender identity can not only be deemed as offensive, but the person posting them could also be committing a crime.

A hate crime is when someone commits a crime against you because of your disability, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, religion, or any other perceived difference.

It doesn’t always include physical violence. Someone using offensive language towards you or harassing you because of who you are, or who they think you are, is also a crime.

The same goes for someone posting abusive or offensive messages about you online.

Hate Crime Officer, Yemi Holman, said: “We know that things never seem as serious when you’re sitting behind a screen but please be mindful before you post offensive comments online as you may be committing a crime.

“It’s really important to Northamptonshire Police that we take as much positive action as we can to tackle hate crime by providing support to victims and to help find and prosecute those responsible.

“There’s no place in society for prejudice, and there’s no place for hatred. This extends to people posting comments from behind the safety of a computer screen – we will investigate them.

“I would like to reiterate to the public, incidents of hate crime should not, and will not, be tolerated, and I would encourage anyone who has been a victim of hate crime to come forward and report it.”

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