UK Police Say Goths Can Be Hate Crime Victims
If you punch a punk in Manchester, it could be a hate crime.
Police in the English city announced Wednesday that they will begin recording offenses against members of alternative subcultures in the same way they do attacks based on race, religion, disability, sexual orientation or transgender identity.
The Greater Manchester force - the first in Britain to take the step - says "Goths, emos, punks and metallers" and members of other alternative groups often endured abuse.
Members of these groups - often teenagers - are easily identifiable by their distinctive clothing, hairstyles and accessories, from Goths’ pale makeup and black garb to punks’ spiky hair and piercings.
"People who wish to express their alternative sub-culture identity freely should not have to tolerate hate crime," Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan said.
Manchester police said the change would enable officers to give more support to the victims of anti-punk or anti-Goth crime.