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9 responses to “Quickhit: Police steal mobility aid, leave PWD crying in the street”

  1. Anji

    Unbelievable. Words fail me. Did she get the scooter back in the end?

  2. tigtog

    From the second article linked to in the post:

    Hours later, the scooter was returned to Mia when police realised their mistake.

    Mia said: “A Sergeant from Ayr police phoned me on Tuesday afternoon – after I had spoken with the Ayrshire Post – to apologise. But he said that he could see why the officer did what he did.”

    Mia now intends to make a formal complaint to Strathclyde police.

    I’m so glad that she was only deprived of it for a few hours. I hope this means that every police officer in Strathclyde has to go for retraining regarding motorised mobility aids.

  3. Anji

    Ah, I didn’t read the second article. I’m glad she got it back and I agree with your hope that the police now receive new training on mobility scooters. I use one occasionally and I can’t imagine how humiliating it would be to be tipped out of one, or have my stick taken away from me or whatever. I also hope she receives a proper apology following her formal complaint.

  4. Renee

    This story really hit home for me. It seems every spring and summer there is another round of attacking scooter users because the weather does not impede our ability to participate in society. It as though when there are natural blocks society has to make sure that there is some sort of hardship.

  5. Lauredhel

    I hope she gets a lot more than an apology, and I hope the cop gets a lot more than a light reprimand. He mugged her and stole her mobility aid, with State force. It should be treated as a case of discrimination-fueled police brutality against a person in marginalised group.

  6. napalmnacey

    Oh man, that is so wrong. I would have been absolutely devastated. :(

  7. SunlessNick

    Holy fucking shit! And he just left her in the street … ?

    And had the gall (from the second article) to say this caused more grief for him than for her…

    What an unbelievable bastard.

  8. Jo Tamar

    Totally disgusting.

    And a second to Sunless Nick re the disgustingness of this “this caused more grief for him than for her” – with its overtones of being related to punishment, especially corporal punishment (the stereotype of a teacher or parent saying “this will cause me more pain than it causes you” as they give a kid six of “the best”).

    I hate the world today.
    .-= Jo Tamar´s last blog ..A month of detention without review =-.

  9. DeusExMacintosh

    And Mia was stunned at the arrogance of the officer’s parting words to her.

    She explained: “He told me this would cause more hassle for him than it would for me because he’d get stick from the guys back at the office. I can’t walk but he felt the situation was worse for him.”

    I hope he did get stick back at the station. He’s an utter tool.

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