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Thursday, July 4, 2024

Mercedes Driver Slaps Autistic Kid

In The Politics of Autism, I write about the everyday struggles facing autistic people and their families, including violence against autistic children.

 Vivian Chow at KTLA-TV:

Cell phone video captured the moment a man slapped a child with autism for touching his car in Pacoima.

Alfredo Morales, 10, and his older sister were crossing the street at Laurel Canyon Boulevard and Osbourne Street when the boy reached out and touched the emblem on the man’s Mercedes-Benz sedan.

The man made an immediate U-turn and followed the two siblings to a bus stop where he pulled over. That’s when he walked over to Alfredo who was sitting on a bench and slapped him.

His sister, who was heard apologizing, tried to intervene, but the man was still able to strike the boy.