Bigots are to blame for rise of sectarian violence in Scotland and NOT Catholic schools, says leading historian
Bigots are to blame for a rise in sectarianism in Scotland and NOT Catholic schools, according to a leading historian. Sir Tom Devine, an Edinburgh Uni professor, has opposed comments made by a retired senior police officer suggesting segregation in schools was a cause of sectarian violence.
Any change to hate crime laws in Scotland must protect faith groups – Dr Stuart Weir
People of faith are not second-class citizens, writes Dr Stuart Weir
One’s worldview shapes how one goes on to live. The difficulty is that there is a multiplicity of worldviews out there, including in current-day Scotland. Is there room in our country to express ourselves differently from others? To manifest faith without fear of recrimination? It is to such fundamental questions that the Scottish Government is taking a fresh look in its new hate crime laws. The consultation period with the public for these new laws is now over and it is time to ponder its findings.
Violence has focused on the deprived over past ten years
Violence in Scotland is becoming more concentrated in the most deprived communities, a major report from the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR) reveals. The Taking Stock of Violence in Scotland report from the SCCJR is the first time evidence covering the past decade has been compiled in one document. And the study by researchers from the universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Strathclyde and Stirling has revealed people living in the poorest areas of Scotland are almost twice as likely to be the victims of violent crime. The research found people in the most deprived 15 per cent of areas in the country were significantly more likely to experience violence than people living elsewhere.
Recovering addicts join Scotland’s Drug Deaths Taskforce after Daily Record pressure
Three recovering addicts are joining an expert group tackling Scotland’s drug-death scandal – after pressure from the Daily Record to learn from more real-life experience. Public health minister Joe FitzPatrick made the announcement yesterday, after facing a storm of protest at a Holyrood meeting hosted by the Record and Labour’s health spokeswoman Monica Lennon last week.
Facebook gives UK police body cameras to train AI systems that hunt down shooter clips
Facebook is handing out body cameras to UK firearms police – to better detect shooter videos uploaded to the app. The goal is to crack down on terrorists and violent groups who use Facebook to publicise their brutal attacks. Earlier this year, twisted white supremacist Brenton Tarrant livestreamed a massacre at two mosques in New Zealand.
Some 52 people were slaughtered when the far-right fanatic gunned down worshippers.
Facebook to use Met Police firearms videos to detect live-streamed terror attacks
Facebook is to use footage from police body cameras to develop technology which can detect videos of shootings and prevent terror attacks being broadcast live online.
The social media giant will provide cameras for Metropolitan Police firearms officers to wear during training exercises. The videos captured are to be used to teach Facebook’s algorithms to recognise footage of a firearms attack.