Court of Appeal confirms police restrained autistic teenager unlawfully

Heather Williams QC, instructed by Tony Murphy of Bhatt Murphy solicitors, represented a severely autistic young man, ZH, in successfully defending an appeal brought by the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. On 14 February 2013 the Court of Appeal upheld the trial judge's findings that police had assaulted ZH, subjected him to disability discrimination and infringed his rights under Articles, 3, 5 and 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights and his award of nearly £30,000 damages. Giving judgment, the Master of the Rolls, Lord Dyson, said of the officers "nothing could justify the manner in which they restrained ZH". He also stressed: "operational discretion is not sacrosanct. It cannot be invoked by the police in order to give them immunity from liability for everything that they do". For Press coverage details, please see here .

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