A disturbing piece in yesterday’s Times. The start of the piece:
A man lodged a challenge at the UK’s highest court yesterday after the police disclosed his acquittal on a rape charge when he applied to be a teacher and then a taxi driver.
The man, known only as AR, who was cleared of rape at Bolton crown court in 2011, argues that the disclosure by Greater Manchester Police was a violation of his presumption of innocence under the European Convention on Human Rights.
He was a qualified teacher who had previously worked as a taxi driver and faced an allegation of rape made by a teenage girl who was a passenger in his taxi. He denied it and was found not guilty.
In 2011 he applied for a teaching job, triggering the criminal records check and certificate under the Police Act 1997, which gave details of the rape charge and acquittal.
Later in the piece:
He appealed against the police decision under the force’s internal procedures but a review by a civilian officer [J4MB emphasis] rejected his appeal. Under statutory guidelines for enhanced records checks, police have discretion about revealing certain intelligence they have about an individual, such as acquittals.
It was acceptable for the police to include the information, the (High) court ruled, as they suspected that he might have committed the rape. [J4MB emphasis] There was nothing in his enhanced criminal record certificate to say that he had done so, or should have been found guilty.
This is simply outrageous. Given the relentless feminisation of the police force, with the predictable impacts on effectiveness and efficiency, we can expect malicious women – whether policewomen or ‘civilian officers’ (and you can bet most of the latter are female) – to use their discretion to harm men.
So despite being found innocent, this man cannot work as either a teacher or taxi driver, and he’ll surely find problems getting a job anywhere. Male unemployment (but not female unemployment) is a leading driver of suicide. We can only hope the man doesn’t end his life following reactive depression caused by this sequence of events.
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