A police force is facing questions over its treatment of disabled people, after two reports by the independent watchdog into the way its officers dealt with young autistic men. In both reports, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) investigation was impeded because crucial video evidence had been erased by Northamptonshire Police. Last year, the force admitted that it had launched an internal review of the way it treats disabled people, in the wake of the two incidents, despite originally denying that it was taking place. It has refused to say this week if that review has been completed. In the first case, an officer was caught on mobile phone footage apparently punching an autistic 17-year-old several times and swearing at him, after he and a trainee police constable had responded to reports of a disturbance at a house, in August 2015. The two officers had been asked by the owner of the house to remove the 17-year-old, who apparently refused to let the officers search him

Source: Police force twice erased video footage before watchdog inquiries | DisabledGo News and Blog

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