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Disability Discrimination

You may have a disability which leads you to behave in a particular way and it is this which has gotten you into trouble with the police.

If the police knew about your disability at the time, or ought to have known about it (for example because of previous dealings you have had with them) then it is possible that you have a claim for discrimination.

The police (and any other public service) are under a duty to make reasonable adjustments to their practices in order to avoid a disabled person being disadvantaged. If they fail to do so, then you may have a claim for discrimination.

If you feel like you may have a claim, please get in touch and we will tell you if we think we can help. Please note that you should act quickly. Discrimination claims have to be brought to court within 6 months.

Recent case involving disability discrimination

We acted for a young man with learning difficulties who lived in local authority supported accommodation. Police attended to arrest him employing wholly inappropriate methods that had the effect of escalating what ought to have been a straight-forward arrest if sensitively managed. Police then proceeded to charge him with assaulting police. The prosecution was dropped in due course. We then sued the police for assault,  malicious prosecution and disability discrimination. Our client received £16,000 compensation together with payment of his legal costs.