Ernest Vassell was a 56-year old man with autism who lived in Miami. On August 31 2011, Ernest was playing with a toy rifle. The police were called with reports he was threatening a dog. When they say the rifle, the police shot and killed him.
Hours before he died, Pittsburgh Jail released an autistic man with intellectual disability from custody
Pittsburgh Institute for Non-Profit Journalism: “Anthony Talotta, 57, died Wednesday at UPMC Mercy Hospital after he was found unresponsive in his cell at the Allegheny