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Police forced to apologise for telling disabled woman to stop sitting on bench

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Issue 2701
The police have had to apologise to Kiki
The police have had to apologise to Kiki

Police in Scotland have been forced to apologise after an officer told a disabled woman she couldn’t sit on a park bench.

Kiki was in Queen’s Park in Glasgow with her son, who has autism, on Tuesday. “We’ve been going to the park every day partly to create a new routine for him,” Kiki told Socialist Worker.

“He has been unsettled because his routine has been disrupted. And he needs daily exercise, otherwise he will be hyper. But because I have mobility problems, the only way I can take him is if I can sit down.”

Kiki said the benches in the park aren’t taped up and that there is “no indication” that they shouldn’t be used.

“On this particular day the police shouted to me that I can’t sit down and we have to move,” she said. “I explained that I had a disability. He could see I had a walking stick and a child with me.

“He said it doesn’t matter, it’s the same for everybody. But it’s not the same for everybody because not everybody needs to sit down.

“I took it as basically saying disabled people can’t enter the park.”

Kikis son has been unsettled by the change in his routine
Kiki’s son has been unsettled by the change in his routine

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