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Attacking emos in Manchester now a hate crime

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A British police force will now treat violence and abuse against punks and goths as hate crimes.

Offenses committed on grounds of disability, race, religion or sexual orientation are already recognized across the U.K. as hate crimes. But now Greater Manchester Police (GMP) will record crimes against “alternative subcultures” — which include goths, punks, emos and metallers — in the same way.

In a statement heralding the “major breakthrough,” Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan, GMP’s lead on hate crime said.

"We are able to officially recognize that people who wish to express their alternative sub-culture identity freely should not have to tolerate hate crime — something that many people have to endure on a daily basis."

Skaters, skinheads, bikers and bodybuilders would also be recognized as victims of hate crime, as Shewan told Channel 4 News.The GMP’s decision comes five years after 20-year-old Sophie Lancaster died after being repeatedly kicked in the head in a Lancashire park — an offense that the judge sentencing her five killers recognized as a hate crime because she was targeted for being a goth. Two of them were convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment, while the others were convicted and jailed for grievous bodily harm.

The GMP’s decision comes five years after 20-year-old Sophie Lancaster died after being repeatedly kicked in the head in a Lancashire park — an offense that the judge sentencing her five killers recognized as a hate crime because she was targeted for being a goth. Two of them were convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment, while the others were convicted and jailed for grievous bodily harm.

http://newsfeed.time...ims-in-the-u-k/

About time.

Police in Manchester have recorded their first arrest for a hate crime against a member of an alternative subcultural group, following last week's announcement that they would treat offences against punks, emos and goths in the same way as those based on race, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender. A 44-year-old man and a 14-year-old boy from Manchester were arrested in the centre of Ashton-under-Lyne, east of Manchester, following the reported assault of a 16-year-old boy. The young man who was assaulted regards himself as an emo and reported the crime as an alternative subculture hate crime, introduced by Manchester police this week. The two arrested have been released on police bail until May 7.

http://www.nme.com/n...s-artists/69679

(: glad to see something is being done about this.

There is no room for intolerance in a postmodern world.

Edited by Leave Britney alone!

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