Rhondda AM benefits from ‘female privilege’ at South Wales Police

The Welsh Assembly member for Rhondda, Leanne Wood, has benefited from the proven benevolent sexism at South Wales Police, amounting to what an expert calls ‘female privilege.’

Plaid Cymru’s Leanne Wood became one of the many women in South Wales who benefit from police attention for Internet trolling just because they are women.

A freedom of information request by Crocels News has found up to 5 times as many men are arrested and charged for Internet trolling as women.

Leanne Wood’s victim, popular DJ Dave Begley, sent a spur of the moment tweet to Leanne Wood’s Twitter account, which she was not manning due to being on the television at the time. The tweet conveyed a non-credible threat that Begley wished Leanne Wood was “gang raped by immigrants,” when it was in the moment and not intended to be perceived as Mr Begley’s actual opinion.

Popular DJ Dave Begley becomes the latest victim of the female privilege at South Wales Police whre more men are being charged for Internet trolling than women.
VICTIM: Popular DJ Dave Begley becomes the latest victim of the female privilege at South Wales Police where more men are being charged for Internet trolling than women. Courtesy: Encore Communications Inc

Internet trolling and cyberstalking expert Councillor Jonathan Bishop, of Action on Digital Addiction and Cyberstalking, says he is not surprised by the situation. “My research has found that South Wales Police are up to five times more likely to take action where the person accused of trolling is a man and the accuser is woman,” he said. “This female privilege at the heart of South Wales Police is totally unacceptable as everyone should have equal access to justice regardless of their sex.
The legal case of Calver v The Adjudication Panel for Wales found that politicians are expected to have a thicker skin and the case of DPP v Chambers found that someone has to feel apprehension to be a victim of trolling.
Rape threats are common online and most are non-credible threats.
If the leader of Plaid Cymru feels apprehension from receiving a non-credible threat on Twitter, one should ask whether she is in the right job.

Councillor Bishop said that most trolling laws focus on the rights of the victim as opposed to the rights of the public in general, and he did not think police time should be focussed on public figures like Leanne Wood. “I might have had a different opinion on the prosecution of Mr Begley if the focus had not been on Leanne Wood’s feelings, but if he had been prosecuted under the Public Order Act for making threatening statements that could offend members of the public,” he said. “We should question why the police are spending time on rape threats rather than focusing on actual victims of rape of all sexes who all too often are blamed, disbelieved or otherwise fobbed off by the police for what is usually a planned attack against them.

District Judge Neil Thomas of Swansea Magistrates Court sentenced Dave Begley to 12 weeks in prison. Leanne Wood remains the Welsh Assembly Member for Rhondda.

Jonathan Bishop’s research paper on South Wales Police, “The Thin-Blue Web: Police Crime Records of Internet Trolling Show Chivalrous Attitudes That Can Be Resolved through Transfer of Powers,” was published in the Handbook of Research on Cultural and Economic Impacts of the Information Society by IGI Global in 2015. His research paper on rape threats, ‘Cyber-stalking or just plain talking?: Linguistic properties of rape-threat messages reflect underlying compulsive behaviours” was published in the book  Psychological and Social Issues Surrounding Internet and Gaming Addiction also by IGI Global in 2015.

Metropolitan Police ‘sexist’ and ‘racist’ for ‘trolling’ claim

The London Metropolitan Police have been criticised for being institutionally sexist and racist, following being forced to drop a prosecution against a Caucasian man, who was arrested and charged following being outspoken on Twitter against a muslim woman.

In an embarrassing climb-down, the Metropolitan Police were forced to drop charges against the man, who was arrested and charged under Section 19 of the Public Order Act 1986, following heated exchanges with a Muslim woman on Twitter.

The man, aged 46, was arrested and charged by the Metropolitan Police following using Twitter to ask a muslim woman to “explain Brussels,” but the prosecution was halted following the intervention of the Crown Prosecution Service.

The Metropolitan Police confirmed that the man had been “charged under section 19 of the Public Order Act 1986; publishing or distributing written material which is threatening, abusive or insulting, likely or intended to stir up racial hatred,” adding that, “This follows an investigation by officers at Croydon police community safety unit.

Internet trolling and cyberstalking expert Jonathan Bishop criticised the police, saying that the arrest and prosecution of the man sadly comes as no surprise. “The Metropolitan Police still have not learned the lessons from the time of Stephen Lawrence,” he said. “They feel they have to respond to certain enquiries based on the protected characteristics of the alleged victim, in this case a woman that is a muslim, but this amounts simply to benevolent sexism against men and institutional racism against Caucasians.
My research has found that crime recording by South Wales Police is sexist against men when it comes to Internet trolling, and in fact I have found that there are often more than double the amount of arrests and prosecutions of men for Internet trolling than women.
This goes against my other research that finds that most breakdowns in relationships online involve women and their interactions with other women, and the lack of replication of this fact in crime recording seems to be an endemic problem across police forces.

Bristol man jailed for trolling woman MP

A Westcountry woman MP becomes yet another female politician to have a young man sent to jail because she cannot handle the scrutiny that goes with the job of being a parliamentarian.

Charlotte Leslie MP has had a 23-year-old man sent to jail following criticising her supporting airstrikes in Syria.
TROLL-CALLER: Charlotte Leslie MP has had a 23-year-old man sent to jail following criticising her supporting airstrikes in Syria. Courtesy: Charlotte Leslie / SWNS.com

23-year-old Craig Wallace sent uncredible death and bomb threats to Charlotte Leslie, who is the Member of Parliament for Bristol North West. Leslie voted in favour of bombings in Syria, and received threats from Twitter users, including Wallace.

Willesden Magistrates’ Court heard how Wallace posted comments on a Facebook page known for fantasy posting. “I’m going to smash her windows and drop a bomb on her house when she is tucked up in bed,” he wrote, followed with him saying: “I’m going into find her and show her what it’s like to murder innocents.

District Judge, Mark Jabbit, jailed Wallace for 8 weeks for sending malicious communications. “You personalised a very, very serious debate by using vile, and I would say misogynistic language towards a sitting MP in a public forum, which no doubt caused distress,” he said despite the fact the law requires Charlotte Leslie to have a thicker skin as a politician.

Janaka Siriwardena defended Craig Wallace from the opportunist claims of Charlotte Leslie MP, who does not regret voting for airstrikes. “Clearly what Mr Wallace did was despicable and went far beyond any form of legitimate protest, and he is deeply sorry for what has happened,” he said.”He was involved and he felt he needed to protest against what he thought was something he disagreed with.
He is deeply sorry about that, and what he does want to mention is that he acknowledges he does have issues with controlling his emotions.

Councillor Jonathan Bishop is the parish councillor for Lower Cam, near to Charlotte Leslie’s constituency, and is also an Internet trolling expert. “The prosecution of 23-year-old Craig Wallace is further evidence of the ageism and sexism in trolling prosecutions,” he said. “It is my belief that because Charlotte Leslie is a woman and Craig Wallace is a young man, that he is being singled out because of the institutional sexism and ageism in the police.
My research into South Wales Police showed that they treated women who claim to be victims of trolling far more favourably than they did men who reported the same.
I have passed my findings on to the Home Secretary and Her Majesty’s Chief Inspectorate of Constabulary, and I hope they will do something to end the sexism and ageism towards young men who go overboard in their scrutiny of public figures.

Charlotte Leslie, who has been the MP for Bristol North West since 2010, declined to comment on the consequences of her actions for Craig Wallace.

Councillor Jonathan Bishop’s research paper on sex-biases in South Wales Police’s crime recording, “The Thin-Blue Web: Police Crime Records of Internet Trolling Show Chivalrous Attitudes That Can Be Resolved through Transfer of Powers,” is published by IGI Global in the book, “Handbook of Research on Cultural and Economic Impacts of the Information Society.”

The Thin-Blue Web: Police Crime Records of Internet Trolling Show Chivalrous Attitudes That Can Be Resolved through Transfer of Powers

The Thin-Blue Web: Police Crime Records of Internet Trolling Show Chivalrous Attitudes That Can Be Resolved through Transfer of Powers

Jonathan Bishop

Abstract

This chapter using an empirical data-driven approach to investigate crime recording logs of South Wales Police relating to Internet trolling by and towards different sexes. The chapter finds more favourable attitudes towards women as victims in even the most trivial of cases. It finds male victims of trolling are only treated as victims when a form of unwanted face-to-face encounter is needed for action. The chapter shows transferring police powers to local authorities, can cut the cost of community policing by 50% across the board and eliminate sexist attitudes also. The chapter finds that the way social media platforms are exercising ‘sysop prerogative’ where they have no right to – such as not passing over account information on alleged defamers – puts a huge burden on police resources. Using local authorities, which have many of the same powers as the police and indeed more, can resolve problems without the need to criminalise offenders.

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Reference

Jonathan Bishop (2015). The Thin-Blue Web: Police Crime Records of Internet Trolling Show Chivalrous Attitudes That Can Be Resolved through Transfer of Powers. In P. Thomas, M. Srihari, & S. Kaur (Eds.) Handbook of Research on Cultural and Economic Impacts of the Information Society (pp. 67-91), IGI Global, Hershey, PA. Available online at: http://resources.crocels.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/the-thin-blue-web-police-crime-records-of-internet-trolling-show-chivalrous-attitudes-that-can-be-resolved-through-transfer-of-powers.pdf

Burst water main affects Efail Isaf

A burst water main on Wednesday night brought Efail Isaf to a standstill as public sector bodies cooperated to resolve the problem.

Local residents and travellers who witnessed the explosion called the Water Board, police and highways departments.

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LIVE STREAMING: Welsh Water expect repairs to the burst water main in Efail Isaf to take a few days. Courtesy: Copyright (c) Jonathan Bishop limited.

South Wales police took over from residents, directing motorists around the big hole, which was then manned by Welsh Water, who have said they will be repairing the damage over the next few days.

Edwards Coaches have assured customers in Efail Isaf the number 90 service will be running as normally as possible. “Efail Isaf customers will be able to use the new bus stop at the bottom of Station Road and the bus will travel down the Church Village Bypass towards Crown Hill,” the spokesperson said.

Resident and journalist, Jonathan Bishop was at the scene the prior to South Wales Police taking over. “Residents and motorists helped each other and others travelling through the village,” he said. “South Wales Police then updated residents and advised some to move out of the way of damage their cars,” he said. “None of the elected councillors were available, so I was really grateful for South Wales Police responding to the situation, after what was a long day.

Otley Arms refuses to serve bisexual student

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OTLEY HARMS: Police record Otley Arms landlord, Mathew Otley, as having been part of a “hate incident.” Courtesy: Obtained under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic licence from Matthew Black.

A bisexual student, allegedly assaulted at Treforest public house, has been told he is not welcome by its new management, even though the person that attacked him is known to be a patron there.

The student was attacked at the Otley Arms in Treforest by former boxing trainer, Ken Tosa, in February 2014, in what was believed to be a hate crime arising out of the student’s sexual orientation.

When the man tried to get service at the Otley Arms on Monday this week he was told by the new manager, Mathew Otley, “You are not welcome here.”

South Wales Police are treating the fact that new landlord, Mathew Otley, refused to serve the student as a “hate incident” on the basis it was perceived as being victimisation because of the earlier incident of homophobia against the student. The Otley Arms has still not apologised to the student, and continue to add insult to injury by allowing Ken Tosa to continue to attend.

Doorman ‘threatened’ Cardiff guest

A doorman became threatening and abusive towards an establishment’s regular guest because he was critical of a sister club.

The worker at the Playhouse Gentlemen’s Club in Cardiff insisted the visitor pay a £5 entry fee to enter the popular bar, which he had never had to do before, as some consider it “pimping” to do so.

The doorman at Playhouse Gentlemen’s Club in Cardiff made defamatory remarks about the visitor, including calling them a “pedophile,” because they objected to the venue making money from exploiting women who pay a fee to be there.

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CAUGHT ON CAMERA: A Doorman at Playhouse Gentlemen’s Club becomes confrontational with a regular visitor

When the visitor asked to see the doorman’s Security Industry Authority card, the doorman at Playhouse Gentleman’s Club, refused, walking up to the visitor in an intimidating fashion.

No complaint has yet been made to South Wales Police about the doorman, but the incident was captured on CCTV. The Security Industry Authority (SIA) have been asked to review the situation, including because the Doorman refused to show his SIA card to the visitor.

Popular club ‘restricted’ thanks to police constable

The testimony of a police officer was instrumental in the restricting of hours of a popular Cardiff Club by a Cardiff Council licensing committee.

PC Tim Davies singled out the club, called DC, as being different from all other clubs. “There would have been four or five assaults that night (of an inspection) if we had not been there,” he said.

SAME OLD COP?: PC Tim Davies has targeted DC club in Cardiff. Courtesy: South Wales Police
SAME OLD COP?: PC Tim Davies has targeted DC club in Cardiff. Courtesy: South Wales Police

DC has an anti-authoritarian feel, and is popular with those who feel disenchanted with the system of which PC Tim Davies is part. The music at the club is mainly hip hop and R&B, strongly identifiable to those who feel let down by the authorities.

PC Tim Davies’s colleague, Tony Bowley, said that the “risky” and “gangster orientated” acts at the club created a “problematic” culture that was difficult to manage, claiming it was “bordering on irresponsible.”

DC will now have to cease serving alcohol at 2.30am and close by 3am. An out of touch councillor said they were justified in making the restrictions on the basis it was the “type of music” that they did not like.

PC Tim Davies has been subject to an investigation into misconduct in the past, but was cleared in an investigation conducted by a colleague at Cardiff Bay police station where he is based.

DC is in the saturation zone of Cardiff. Prior to Tim Davies’s appointment, the Playhouse Gentlemen’s Club was granted a licence, even though there were complaints from local business owners, and the saturation zone was in force at the time also.

Police constable ‘moved from duties’

The Police Student Liaison Officer for the Cardiff area has been moved from duties it has been learned.

PC Tim Davies has been stripped of his duties as the student representative in South Wales Police for students in Cardiff, which follows a surge in drug crime and burglaries as well as allegations of professional misconduct.

SAME OLD COP?: PC Tim Davies was accused of misusing his Blackberry. Courtesy: South Wales Police
SAME OLD COP?: PC Tim Davies was accused of misusing his Blackberry. Courtesy: South Wales Police

Drug use at Cardiff Metropolitan University doubled between 2013 and 2014 and Davies also presided over circumstances that has led to not a single year going by since 2012 without an allegation of harassment being made by someone at the university, formerly called the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff.

This year allegations were made that both PC Tim Davies and Dean of Students at Cardiff Metropolitan University, Rob Cummings, maneuvered a member of staff at the university into making a complaint of harassment against a student with a disability. Both Tim Davies and Rob Cummings were cleared by internal investigations of misconduct by their respective employers, even though the student had been acquitted of the allegations made against them, which were brought before Cardiff Magistrates Court at the request of PC Tim Davies.

Homophobia figures released by South Wales Police

OTLEY HARMS: Former Pontypridd Boxer Ken Tosa is accused of assaulting a student at the Otley Arms in Treforest. Courtesy: Obtained under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic licence from Matthew Black.
OTLEY HARMS: In february 2014, former Pontypridd Boxer Ken Tosa was accused of assaulting a student at the Otley Arms in Treforest, which it is believed was aggravated by the student’s sexuality. Courtesy: Obtained under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic licence from Matthew Black.

South Wales Police have recorded 162 violent crimes aggravated by a person’s sexual orientation. The records, collected between January and October 2014, show figures up from 132 in 2013 and 89 in 2012.

Stonewall, which focuses mainly on crime against homosexuals identifying as “gay,” warned such crimes are “a real issue in the UK” and that the authorities should “continue to take this type of vile abuse seriously.

We believe that more and more victims and witnesses of homophobic attacks are building up the courage to speak to others and report these instances to the police,” said the charity’s spokesman Richard Lane. “Hate crime is a key area of our work at Stonewall and our campaigns aim to not just encourage individuals to report attacks, but also for the police to try and make people feel more at ease with approaching them,” he continued. “We know, in the past, many have been hesitant to report crimes to the police for fear of the consequences.

In February 2014, an assault against a student by Ken Tosa at the Otley Arms in Treforest, believed aggravated by the sexual orientation of the student, allegedly followed Tosa learning from other patrons he was bisexual. The student, who attended the local university, was referred to the crisis team at Royal Glamorgan Hospital by South Wales Police following the incident where he was comforted by a friend. A spokesperson for South Wales Police said at the time, “No complaint has been made,” and the Otley Arms refused to comment