24 May '11, 7pm

Disability Hate Crime: The Tragic Case of Fiona Pilkington #p2 #topprog

Disability Hate Crime: The Tragic Case of Fiona Pilkington #p2 #topprog

Police in the UK face misconduct charges after an Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) report found that they had failed to properly help the family of Fiona Pilkington. In 2007, Pilkington killed herself and her severely disabled daughter, Francecca Hardwick, following years of chilling harassment by youths who threw stones, flour, bottles and other objects at their house, jumped in the front hedge, and sometimes just loitered around for hours shouting abusive language. According to the Guardian , Pilkington contacted police -- 33 times in ten years, 13 times in the year in which she took her life -- and "discussed matters with two antisocial behaviour officers from her borough council, dealt with a series of social workers and even wrote to her MP." But -- even though police and council officials knew who are the main culprits were -- the abuse continued, with...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/civil-rights/blog/disability-...

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