Boy Wants Police Apology For Making Him Prove His
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
February 28, 2006
TON PENTRE, WALES--An 11-year-old boy demanded an apology from police Tuesday, claiming officers treated him "like a criminal" by forcing him to get off of his motorized scooter to prove his disability.
Keiron Sheppard, who uses the mobility device because of his cerebral palsy, told reporters that he was going to a fish and chip shop with his younger sister and a friend last Friday, when a police car turned on its flashing lights and did a U-turn to stop him.
Keiron said the officers asked why he needed the electric scooter. Then they ordered him to get off of the scooter and prove it to them.
"They must have thought I had stolen the scooter or something and, in the end, I had to show them I could hardly walk," he told the BBC. "I find it hard to walk more than a few steps -- it was horrible to have to show the policemen that I am disabled."
"I am extremely annoyed and want an apology from the police for treating me like a criminal."
South Wales Police Chief Superintendent Jeff Farrar told the South Wales Echo: "This matter will be vigorously investigated."
"Police 'made disabled boy walk'" (BBC News)