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01 MAY 2012

ZH (by his litigation friend) v Metropolitan Police Commissioner [2012] EWHC 604 (Admin)

Community care - Disability discrimination - Reasonable Adjustments - ECHR

The failure of the police to make reasonable adjustments in dealing with a severely autistic individual was a breach of the Disability Discrimination Act and the Claimant was entitled to damages.

14 March 2012

Administrative Court

Sir Robert Nelson

(1) The Claimant, ZH, was a severely autistic, epileptic nineteen year old young man who suffered from learning disabilities and cannot communicate by speech.  He brought a claim for damages, for assault and battery, false imprisonment, unlawful disability discrimination under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA), under the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA) alleging breaches of Articles 3, 5 and/or 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).  All the claims were denied.

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