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Chennai Police Department Makes 19 Year Old Boy with Down Syndrome Police Officer for a Day

Sometimes from a small seed, greatness grows. And despite all odds, the 19-year-old Stevin is a testament to this

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'Sub Inspector' Stevin Mathew on patrol. The Hindu

Chennai, September 28, 2017 : Throughout his childhood, Stevin had just one, very simple wish.

He had longed to be a police officer. His parents claim Stevin grew up uttering “I am police, I am police” as he saw his favorite actors perform the role of a uniform-clad officer in multiple films.

Sadly though, being born with a disability meant that this wish was nothing short of a fantasy.

Doctors had long identified that a young Stevin Mathew was suffering from Down syndrome, a genetic disorder of chromosome 21 that causes developmental and intellectual delays. While the condition can be supervised with treatment, it cannot be completely cured.

For many children, being born with special conditions often means giving up on their dreams. However, we increasingly forget why they are called ‘special’ in the very first place.

Stevin Mathew’s story has been special, too.

Originally hailing from Chennai, the family is currently settled in Qatar. But it was only during a recent trip to Chennai that Stevin’s father Rajeev Thomas approached the commissioner of Chennai police, making a special request to allow his son to wear the prestigious khaki uniform for a day.

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In a gesture of goodwill, Commissioner A.K. Vishwanathan agreed to help young Stevin realize his dream of becoming a police officer. Consequently, Chennai’s Assistant Commissioner Vincent Jayaraj and Inspector Suryalingam visited Stevin at his Chennai dwelling and made the fundamental arrangements for action.

A customized uniform with two stars glittering on the shoulder badge was stitched for Stevin, keeping all necessary details in mind.

“He was fascinated by the police after watching his favorite stars Suresh Gopi, Vijay, and others. He always wanted to become a police officer. So I decided to write a mail to the commissioner when we came to Chennai for a vacation”
                                          – Rajeev Thomas, Stevin’s father 

Welcomed with bouquets at the Ashok Nagar police station, the 19-year sub-inspector assumed position for an hour and was also given his own desk and briefed about the tasks undertaken for crime prevention in order completely experience an officer’s life.

Armed with a walkie-talkie and an agenda, Stevin attended phone calls and also set out on patrol duty in a police jeep along with two other constables.

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Stevin tending to his duties as a sub-inspector. Deccan Chronicle

A bright 19-year old boy, Stevin is a Diploma-holder in Computer Applications and has never let circumstances decide the course of his life.

Stevin’s parents, Rajeev and Ciby Mathew run a special school for children called HOPE Qatar in Doha and believe that special children should be given equal opportunities to help include them into the mainstream society.

Commissioner A.K. Vishwanathan and the Chennai Police department must also be acknowledged for setting an example and motivating children to dream despite all hardships.

Sometimes from a small seed, greatness grows. And despite all odds, the 19-year-old Stevin is a testament to this.

 

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When Can You Claim Against The Police?

It is important that you understand the occasions that you can make a claim against a police officer who has treated you unfairly

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Police arrests protestors at Oxford Circus in London, Friday, April 19, 2019. The group Extinction Rebellion is calling for a week of civil disobedience against what it says is the failure to tackle the causes of climate change. VOA

The police force are there to protect the general public from crime and make sure that those who need to be arrested are. Of course, it is possible for a police officer to make a mistake or to go against the rules and this is something which needs to be addressed.

Here, we are going to discuss some of the events that can lead to a claim against the police. Keep reading if you think that you have been treated unfairly and are considering your grounds for a claim.

Wrongful Arrest

Have you been wrongfully arrested? Police officers need to have reasonable grounds to be able to make an arrest lawfully but if they didn’t have this when you were arrested, then you might be able to make a claim against them. Claims against the police officers who have unlawfully arrested you and taken your freedom can often lead to financial compensation. Of course, you will need to get in contact with a solicitor who can put this request through for you and ensure that you were in fact wrongfully arrested.

Assault By Police Officer

No one deserves to be assaulted by a police officer and so if you have been a victim of an assault by a member of the police force then you might be eligible to make a claim against them. In this situation, the claim depends on whether the police officer used more force than was reasonable against you. This type of claim can be difficult to make as there is often very little proof on an event like this.

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School police officers look on as students leave Columbine High School, April 16, 2019, in Littleton, Colo. (Representational image).VOA

If there are any CCTV cameras that have captured the event or witnesses then you might be able to make a claim against the officer who assaulted you.

When Can You Not Claim?

It is also important to note the times where you can complain against a police officer but you will not necessarily receive any sort of financial compensation for it. This includes times when a police officer has made a false statement, they have caused loss of your property or they have used their position for private benefits. On top of this, you’ll find that you can make a complaint against an officer who has failed to attend the scene of a crime promptly if they are on duty and were asked to do this.

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Final Verdict

It is important that you understand the occasions that you can make a claim against a police officer who has treated you unfairly. There is a big difference between making a claim and making a complaint, so you need to understand this before moving forward.

If you have been wrongfully arrested or have been assaulted by a police officer, you should make sure that get in touch with a solicitor who can help you to get the justice that you deserve. Follow our advice and you should be able to respond in the right way to the situation in the future.