(United Kingdom) The report, Getting Away with Murder, was published 12 years ago and highlighted the extend of disability hate crime. Since the report, there has been no radical change and hate crimes against people with disabilities have been steadily increasing. In England’s criminal justice system disabled victims are still not taken seriously and are often dismissed as “unreliable witnesses” and “routinely denied access to justice”. New legislation is needed that ensures all hate crime is treated the same. More of this story here.
Ernest Vassell was a 56-year old man with autism who lived in Miami. On August 31 2011, Ernest was playing with a toy rifle. The…