The Independent Police Complaints Commission (called the IPCC for short) is a group who look into it when someone says they haven’t had a good service from the police or when there has been a big problem like someone dies. Their job is to look into it and come up with ideas about how to stop the same problem from happening again.
The IPCC have been looking at the case of David Askew and his family. After Mr Askew died it became clear that the family had reported being bullied to the police many times.
1. The police did not name the ways the family were at risk because of their disabilities
2. The police did not name the bullying as disability hate crime
3. The police and the other organisations (like social services) did not work together to help the family
4. The police and the other organisations did not deal with the bullies and stop them from behaving badly.
It is good that the IPCC have said this and it interesting that the same things were said about the Fiona Pilkington and Frankie Hardwick case.
The Pilkington case is very important because it was in the news and a lot of people were very shocked about what happened.
Yes, because it made a lot of people realize that we have to do something about disability hate crime.