Victims of disability hate crimes are being failed by police, prosecutors and the probation service, according to a report by inspectors.
Despite earlier recommendations on improving the way criminal justice agencies help those targeted and attempts to drive up the reporting of incidents, it found that insufficient progress has been made.
And no, it’s not because there’s resistance to a two-tier system of justice, you won’t be surprised to hear…
Among the examples of problems the report highlighted was the case of a man with learning disabilities who was repeatedly threatened at knifepoint and robbed of his disability allowance. The case had been passed backwards and forwards between two police departments without either “taking any action to safeguard the victim or apprehend the offender”.
Poor sod should just have told police they’d Tweeted something offensive, they’d have been banged up by teatime.
In another incident, officers detained a care worker in a residential home for people with severe learning disabilities who allegedly assaulted a resident, but other residents had not been approached to check whether they had also been victims of the care worker.
Are police supposed to go on a fishing expedition every time now..? Should they walk up and down a burgled street, asking if anyone else has been burgled too?
Crime recording practices were also found to be unreliable. In one force, a disability hate crime was reported when a brick was thrown through the window of a house belonging to a woman with mental health problems while she was in a psychiatric hospital. When the same thing happened two weeks later, it was not recorded as a disability hate crime and no link was made to the previous incident.
That’s just plain old-fashioned police incompetence/indifference, nothing more, nothing less. There’s a lot of it about.
The report said: “The 2013 review highlighted that disability hate crime is a complex area with a number of unique features. It called for a new impetus that focused on improving awareness of disability hate crime, increasing the reporting of disability hate crime and embedding disability hate crime processes within the routine working practices of police, CPS and probation staff.
“The seven recommendations, if implemented effectively, would have made a substantial contribution to achieving these overarching aims. This follow-up reveals that there has been insufficient progress made against the recommendations. An opportunity to achieve improvements in the criminal justice system for all members of society has not yet been taken.”
An improvement in the criminal justice system for all would be a great idea. So why are you demanding that an identity group gets special treatment?