Police officers to appear in court over assault on severely autistic Muslim man

29th Aug 2014

Family of autistic man allegedly beaten by Beds officers doubt impartiality of probe[

[Severely autistic Faruk Ali, 33, was helping refuse collectors outside his home in Luton when according to witnesses two officers assaulted him]

Elham Asaad Buaras

Two Bedfordshire Police officers are to appear in court in connection with an alleged unprovoked assault on a severely autistic man.

Faruk Ali, 33, who also has learning difficulties, was helping refuse collectors outside his home in Whitby Road, Luton, on February 20 when, according to his family and witnesses, two officers assaulted him.

Christopher Thomas, 33, will face a charge of racially aggravated assault against Ali. Christopher Pitts, 39, and Thomas both face charges of perverting the course of justice and misconduct in public office.

They are due to appear at Aylesbury Magistrates’ Court on September 1.

His sister Husna Begum has described how she was woken by banging noises and the sound of him screaming ‘no’ on the morning of February 20 this year. She said she jumped out of bed and saw a man dragging him across the floor and punching him. The alleged attack was also witnessed by neighbours.

Leicestershire Police carried out the investigation for the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Prosecutor John Locke said: “It is alleged that Mr Faruk Ali…was assaulted on 20 February 2014 by PC Thomas and that this assault was racially aggravated. It is also alleged that PC Thomas and PC Pitts have perverted the course of public justice and committed misconduct in public office.

“I carefully reviewed all the evidence provided to me by Leicestershire Police and was satisfied in accordance with the code for Crown Prosecutors that there was sufficient evidence and that it was in the public interest to charge these two officers with these offences.”

Astonishingly his family says the attack in February was the second time that Ali was left “bruised and battered” after an encounter with the police.

According to the family, Faruk, who has the mental capacity of a 5 year-old, was first ill-treated by police in 2011.

Ali’s brother Kodor told The Muslim News only media interest in the latest incident has prevented the alleged assault from being “brushed under the carpet” like the 2011 incident.

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