Which would you rather police in your city do: address cases of “misgendering” or deal with violent crime? If you live in England and answered the latter, you’re out of luck. Sara Thornton, head of Britain’s National Police Chief’s Council, “warned that the increasing focus on investigating hate crime was putting a strain on resources at a time when forces were struggling to deal with rising levels of violence.” That’s according to The Telegraph, which adds:
Her comments were echoed by the Met Commissioner, Cressida Dick, who also said police officers ought to prioritise the issues that people cared about most, such as violence and knife crime.
Instead police find themselves called upon to handle ordeals like that of Susie Green, a transgender rights advocate who suffered severe emotional damage after a Catholic commentator she was debating on TV used the wrong pronoun to refer to her transgender daughter. Oh, the humanity!
Green was so angered by what she described as a “distressing and spiteful” attack that she lodged a formal complaint with Surrey police.
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The paper doesn’t reveal whether the police in that town have a Snowflake Investigative Unit, but it does report that a six-month-long investigation was launched. The aggressor, Caroline Farrow, has been required to meet with authorities and answer questions.
Farrow has vented her understandable outrage on Twitter, posting:
I have pointed out to the police that I am a Catholic journalist/commentator and it is my religious belief that a person cannot change sex [and] that we are in the middle of a national conversation about what it means to be male and what it means to be female.
Nonetheless, following my appearance on national television, the CPS [has] decided I need to be interviewed under caution for misgendering Susie Green’s child.
And the Brits wonder why they can’t have nice things.