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The news (25 May 2011) reports that four police officers now face misconduct hearings for failing to identify Fiona Pilkington and her family as vulnerable, which resulted in the death of both her and her disabled daughter, Francecca.


The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has published a report saying there were policies in place that could have identified the level of harassment the Pilkington family were subjected to, but that these had not been followed properly. The report also shows that, despite contacting the police more than 30 times over ten years of abuse, Leicestershire Police failed to pick up on the events as ongoing harassment.


Tragically, the situation that the Pilkington family found themselves in is one that far too many people with disabilities experience. Over half of people with autism (56%) have found themselves either bullied or harassed as an adult.


The National Autistic Society believes this is wrong and has to stop. We are working with Mencap to tell the Government that more needs to be done to stop disability hate crime in its tracks. All too often, instances of disability hate crime are not being picked up and, when perpetrators are put on trial, sentences are failing to take account of that motivation of hate. While it is too late for the Pilkington family, we are working to make sure that abuse and harassment are no longer part of a disabled person’s life.


If you would like to support our call to the Government to ensure sentencing for disability hate crimes is taken as seriously as for other hate crimes, please sign our petition.


Source:

http://www.autism.org.uk/news-and-events/news-from-the-nas/police-failed-pilkington-family-as-victims-of-harassment.aspx



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