Search This Blog

Sunday, April 25, 2021

A Beating in Vacaville

In The Politics of Autism, I discuss interactions between police and autistic people.  Police officers need training to respond appropriately.  When they do not, things get out of hand

Minyvonne Burke at NBC:
A California father accused a police officer of being unnecessarily aggressive during an incident involving his teenage son, who has autism.

The father said a Vacaville officer threw his son, Preston, 17, to the ground and punched him in the face during a citation Wednesday afternoon.

"I am pro police, but I am not pro ABUSE," Adam Wolf wrote in a Facebook post on Thursday. "This individual and department must be held accountable for their actions. NO child, disability or not, deserves to be treated like this."

Police said an officer was dispatched to the area around 2:30 p.m. for a report of a possible stabbing or assault with either a knife or a pipe. The officer found the victim of the assault, a 16-year-old boy, who had minor injuries that did not require medical attention, the department said in a press release.

The officer then found the suspect, a 17-year-old boy, police said.

"The officer asked the suspect to sit down, which he did. When the police officer took out his handcuffs, the suspect actively began resisting arrest, trying to get up and run. In response, the officer forced the suspect to the ground and onto his stomach," the press release states.

The incident was captured on a Ring doorbell video, which Wolf shared on his Facebook page.