Quickhit: Police steal mobility aid, leave PWD crying in the street

Mobility News : Police apologise to woman after seizing mobility scooter:

A disabled woman from Ayr in south-west Scotland has received an apology from the local constabulary after one officer wrongly seized her mobility scooter.

Mia Spalvieri had asked the policeman whether she was safe to ride the vehicle without insurance or MOT, the Ayrshire Post reports, to which he replied in the negative and forced her off the mobility scooter before impounding it.

The 36-year-old said: ‘I’m completely housebound without this buggy, he might as well have said ‘I’m taking your legs from you’.’

Ms Spalvieri described the incident as ‘utterly humiliating’, particularly as she started crying in the street, causing people to stop and stare. “

More here: Mobile patrol… disabled Mia’s scooter impounded by police in Ayr

Mia continued: “He told me it was a road vehicle and that I should have registration plates, an MOT and insurance.

“Then he said I’m not allowed to go on the pavement or in shops with it.

“When I asked what was going to happen now, he said he was going to arrange for it be uplifted.

This police officer forced a disabled woman off her mobility aid. FORCED HER OFF. And stole it.

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9 replies

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

  2. 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. 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. 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. 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. Oh man, that is so wrong. I would have been absolutely devastated. 😦

  7. 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. 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. 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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