Reading an article recently, I came across a statistic about the deaths of disabled people due to police violence, which led me to a report about how the press deal with this. The first article quoted that half of deaths by law enforcement involved a disabled person.
The article and report are American, but bear in mind what happened in the UK as a result of the death of George Floyd in America.
I wanted to check out what was being quoted, which referred to one third to a half of the number of deaths over three years – the numbers rising to half in the third year. In that year, 17 people who had Down’s syndrome or other learning disabilities suffered some violence from law enforcement officers.
The largest number of deaths were those with varying mental illnesses (the preferred term in the US being psychiatric…