Peter Ballance (Greenacres, FL: 2005) has a number of neurological disabilities. Because of his disabilities, Ballance wears a badge indicating that he records conversations in order to help him remember things and so that he can work on his stuttering and social interaction problems. By recording his interactions with other people, Ballance is able to refresh his memory about events and evaluate his progress in dealing with social situations. One day, the police asked Ballance to move his car. But before doing so, they asked Ballance to turn off his audio recorder. When Ballance refused, the police threw him to the ground and arrested him. A jury found Ballance not guilty of resisting an arrest, and Ballance has filed suit against the police.
Michael Eugene Pierce
(Vancouver, Canada) Pierce was 29-years old and was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. On Feb. 28th, he had stopped taking his medication. Later that day he…