Two attacks recently have targeted people with disabilities. Yet the hate crime laws in Britain don’t apply equally to them – this needs to change
Two incidents have occurred in the last seven days to highlight the fact that the rise of hatred, which I have campaigned against for eight years, needs greater attention in a specific area.
The first was the accidental shooting in Miami of a care worker, Charles Kinsey, while he was attempting to calm an autistic man who was sitting in the road playing with a toy truck. As Kinsey reassured him, and as he was lying down with his hands in the air, the attending police officer shot Kinsey in the leg. Kinsey explained later that he believed the intended target of the police officer’s bullet was the autistic man in his care.