Police Handcuffed 10-year old with Autism and Fractured his Arm

(Worcester, MA) JT. is a 10-year old with autism, and was getting upset after he stopped taking his medication. JT’s mom, Beshai Torres, called 911 to ask for medical assistance. While an ambulance was on there way, two police officers arrived first. After Beshai told the officers her son was autistic, the officers approached JT […]

Utah Police Shot 13-year old with Autism

(Salt Lake City, UT) Linden Cameron was 13-years old diagnosed with autism. Linden was having a mental health episode, so his mother called the police. She told police that Linden was “unarmed” and suffering “anxiety”. Two police officers arrived at the scene and within 5 minutes, Linden was shot multiple times. The police said 13-year […]

Virginia Autism Project Supporting Bill for Reduced Penalty for Assaulting Police

(Richmond, VA) You will be charged with a 6-month mandatory minimum sentence in addition to a felony if you assault a police officer. Advocates for people with psychiatrics disabilities argue that assault can be easily misinterpreted. For example, James is a 27-year old with with autism. Due to his autism, he spits subconsciously which can […]

The Terror of Policing for People with Disabilities

People with disabilities make up 22% of deaths caused by police. In the past five years, 1,254 Americans with psychiatric disabilities have died from “police intervention”. Police are simply not equipped to deal with crisis intervention. Golda Barton called the emergency room requesting a crisis intervention team for her 13-year old son with autism. Her […]