my son is now 12-years old. he is high functioning and at the same time a pre-teen with the social challenges of every day kids with the additional complexity of the inability to cope or respond in a neurotypical way. Reading this post and the subsequent articles makes my heart hurt and squeeze in fear.
Image is a photo of Neli Latson before his arrest – credit Washington Post
He had committed no crime before he encountered the deputy that fateful day.
He was waiting for the library to open, sitting alone on the grass.
An autistic teenager in a hoodie sitting alone on the grass .. waiting for the library to open.
In the call to the police he was a “suspicious black male, possibly with a gun.”
No one had seen a gun because there was no gun. There was never a reason to think there was. But the call was enough to lock down a nearby elementary school and send the school resource officer, deputy Thomas Calverley, over to check him out.
According to the report, “Calverley said he asked the teenager his name several times and, after the teen refused to give it, he grabbed him, told him that he was under arrest, and…
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