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Victory As Police Caution Withdrawn From Downs Teen Arrested For Going To School On Bank Holiday

November 19, 2014

Readers, you may remember that earlier this year, Same Difference covered the case of Abdulkarriem Al-Faisal who was arrested and cautioned by police or going into school on a Bank Holiday to pick up a hat.

Yesterday, readers, I read some very good news on Change.org. His caution has been withdrawn!

We are pleased to report that the IPCC have now withdrawn the Caution and have also removed my son Abdulkarriem name and DNA details from their database.

We are very happy with this result!

We are grateful to all those who took time out to sign our petition and support us and Abdulkarriem, in other ways. It made a massive difference, we know that for a fact.

Please share this news on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1u7gVMh

We also commend and thank, David Lammy MP for Tottenham whose intervention really helped to concentrate the IPCC’s investigation and they took action, we think much faster due to his involvement.

We are also grateful to the IPCC, for taking a very sensible approach to our complaint. They have not only removed the caution but have offered an appointment to meet with Abdulkarriem to allay his terror of all Police, which developed since the arrest and detention in Wood Green Police Station.
We thank the Met Police for removing the caution and we are more than happy to say that because our son has Downs Syndrome and has been very sheltered, nothing even close to this had ever happened to him, therefore his actual memory of what happened could have been tainted as they have contended though he remains adamant.

Our whole aim from the beginning and now, is to highlight to the Met Police that Downs Syndrome youths and adults are vulnerable adults and therefore, processes need to be put in place and monitored to see that they are given treatment in custody that befits their level of understanding. What seems appropriate for most suspects might be totally inappropriate for a vulnerable adult with the understanding of a child.

We are however, unreservedly happy that this matter has concluded satisfactorily and that the handling of the complaint was done with sensitivity and care for Abdulkarriem, to the point of the IPCC wanting to ensure that his perception of the police is restored for the better in the future. We think this is a great offer and will be taking them up on it for our son’s sake.
We thank all those who helped and advised us, including our official and unofficial solicitors. We thank the Down Syndrome Association for their support and advice.

Finally but not least of all, we thank Change.org for the care with which they have handled the petition and in dealing with our family during the course of the whole incident and campaign.

We were also very pleased with the Media coverage and their support in highlighting our son’s plight and indeed understanding that this was about the wider issue for us.

We consider this matter settled for the good of all and are happy for the petition to be marked as settled and removed.

Thank you again, please share the news here: http://on.fb.me/1u7gVMh

May Allah bestow His blessings upon you all.

With thanks

Roshina Al-Faisal The Al-Faisal Family

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Jeffery Davies permalink
    November 19, 2014 11:31 am

    One wonders are those people who took this young person to task
    you see their wisdom wasnt working that day was it but the parents
    can get on with looking after him sadly I hope the authority learns from
    this
    I see they wish alah look after us id think hed better asking him to give those
    fools a brain and some compassion jeff3

  2. November 19, 2014 11:50 am

    Reblogged this on sdbast.

  3. maxwell1957 permalink
    November 19, 2014 5:21 pm

    Reblogged this on Maxwell's Mostly Irrelevant Musings.

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