5 Facts You Need to Know About Disability Injustice Today

teleSUR | Reader Supported News | December 3, 2015

On International Day of Persons with Disabilities, teleSUR English looks at the state of disability injustice today and how this often intersects with race, gender, and migration.


1) US: Disabled People Are More Likely to Face Police Brutality

Protest. (photo: telesurtv.net)

Protest. (photo: telesurtv.net)

According to the American Civil Liberties Union hundreds of U.S. Americans with disabilities die every year in police encounters with many more incidents of serious injury.

Citing the n , ACLU found that people with mental illness make up half of the 375-500 people killed by the police every year and one third of the 2.1 million people incarcerated in the country.

Similarly, the news outlet KQED reported that in 51 police shootings in San Francisco between 2005 and 2013, 58 percent of the people targeted had a mental illness.

More than 356,000 people with mental illnesses are incarcerated in the United States, while only 35,000 are receiving treatment in state hospitals, according to a 2014 report by the Treatment Advocacy Center and the National Sheriffs’ Association.

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