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 […]

Alternatives to Police Response for Psychiatric Disabilities

(San Mateo, CA) Police responded to a 9-1-1 call about a person walking through traffic. When police arrived, they found Chinedu Okobi who was an unarmed 36-year old Black man with a psychiatric disability. Shortly after police confronted Chinedu, he was forced to the ground by 5 officers and tased a total of 7 times. […]

Wallace Wilder

(Pickens County, AL) Wallace Wilder was 62 years old diagnosed with Bipolar Schizophrenia. Strange noises were heard from Wallace’s house, so the neighbor investigated and found that Wallace was breaking his personal items. Wallace’s neighbor then called the police for Wallace’s own safety. When police arrived, Wallace was fatally shot. Authorities refuse to release details […]

Ray Anson Mitchell

(Mobile, AL) Ray Anson Mitchell was 37 years old diagnosed with schizophrenia. Ray and his cousin would hang out at his aunt’s house. After Ray’s cousin moved out, Ray would still visit the same house. He wasn’t able to process that his cousin no longer lived there. Ray was visiting the house again and was […]

Police Cover-up for Beating Man with Psychiatric Disability to Death

Blanca Briceno called police to help with her son who was experiencing an episode from schizophrenia. When police arrived Eric Briceno, her son, was sleeping. Despite being asleep, the police began beating Eric. Eric died from this attack. An autopsy report confirmed that Eric was punched, pepper-sprayed and shot with a taser seven or eight […]

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 […]

Riot Police Attacking Disabled Veterans During Peaceful Protest in Sri Lanka

(Colombo, Sri Lanka) A peaceful protest emerged in Colombo, Sri Lanka over un-honored pension payments for disabled veterans. Roughly 3,000 disabled soldiers and family members of deceased soldiers were urging the government to pay their respective pensions. The riot police was then called and unleased water cannons and tear gas on the disabled protesters. Several […]