News of the murder has prompted calls by disability groups for greater protection of disabled people. This comes just weeks after a joint report by the HM Inspectorates of the Crown Prosecution Service, the police, and probation, warned that victims of disability hate crimes are being failed by the criminal justice system.
Yup, it’s not just dogs, it’s everywhere. The US concept of ‘special victims’ come to the UK. We’ll have a tv show about it soon…
Ann Chivers, chief executive of the British Institute of Learning Disabilities, said: “Sadly, as we know this isn’t an isolated incident of the bullying and intimidation that people with learning disabilities endure. It is a horrific crime and highlights how we are failing to protect those in our community who may be vulnerable.”
Everyone’s vulnerable to crime.
Jan Tregelles, chief executive of Mencap, said: “This case shines a light on the attitudes some sections of society hold towards people with a learning disability, and just how far we have to go until people with a learning disability are free from such horrific crimes.”
And what about the rest of us? Should we be similarly free?
Mr Irving’s local MP, the shadow treasury minister Catherine McKinnell, said: “My thoughts are very much with Lee’s family and friends at this terrible time, who I will of course support in any way that I can. While the police are still investigating the circumstances of Lee’s murder, we know that there has been a worrying increase in the number of people reporting disability-related hate crime in recent years.”
She added: “It’s totally unacceptable for any disabled person to be targeted in this way – whether through verbal or physical abuse, or being made to feel unsafe and intimidated in their own community.”
So, it’s not unacceptable for any able bodied person to be targeted..?