Family of arrested teen with Downs Syndrome demand answers from police

After triggering the alarm at school Abdul Al-Faisal was arrested.

He'd gone to school on Bank Holiday Monday, looking for his favourite baseball cap, but ended up in police custody for nine hours.

Abdul Al-Faisal
Abdul's mother said normal police protocols do not apply to her son due to his Downs Syndrome and that they should have brought him home. Credit: ITV London

"I thought that police knew better, because once they'd seen my son, everyone know that he has Downs Syndrome - you can see that by his features."

– Roshina Al-Faisal, Abdul's mother

Whilst Abdul's family were looking for him, the police had already found him at Haringey Sixth Form College in Tottenham.

When they arrived they found evidence of a break-in.

They then checked the CCTV and saw the 19 year-old on the premises.

As Ria Chatterjee reports, his family feel his Downs Syndrome should have been an important factor in his arrest:

The police say they noted that Abdul was a vulnerable adult and provided safeguards according to a set code of conduct.

Now his family want a formal apology from the police and for the teenager's record to be cleared.