Police investigation into disabled person’s death inadequate

by Independent Police Conduct Authority, 21 December 2015

A critical issue in thinking about assisted suicide is how it exposes social attitudes towards disability. As Dr Huhana Hickey said in her affidavit in the Seales case “At the heart of arguments for euthanasia and assisted suicide is a belief that some lives are not worth living. That attitude devalues the lives of disabled people.”

The IPCA has released its report into the Police investigation of the death of 15-year old Nathan Booker in January 2015, finding that it was “inadequate and did not comply with Police policy.”

Independent Police Conduct Authority Chair, Judge Sir David Carruthers said that Police did not carry out their initial investigation of Nathan Booker’s death adequately because they did not sufficiently examine the legal issue of gross negligence.

Additionally, Police did not comply with policy because the primary officers involved in the investigation into Nathan’s death were not suitably qualified to conduct this type of homicide investigation.

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In similar news from the United Kingdom, the Guardian newspaper has revealed that just one in seven deaths of patients with learning disabilities are investigated.

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