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No, the police are to blame no one else!! They were ill equipped to handle the situatuon! There should be a full investigation and they should be brought up on charges.
These are the exact situations that things like tazers and pepper spray were invented for.
feel this murder could have been prevented, think it is lack of police training towards understanding autistic children/adults.
...especially if you are a darker shade than lily white.
hope that all parents of autistic children will see this tragedy of deadly police force against an autistic child and get involved in changing the police response before another of our children is senselessly murdered.
why could they have not aimed for a shoulder, knee, the wall?
Why did they not call. Forr an ambulance before confronting this child.
. They had. To have known he was in crisis!
He needed medical assistance the police werre suppose to help, to protect, this makes me hesitate in calling them for assistance again.
Originally posted by areyouserious2010
reply to post by paxnatus
These measures needed to be taken by the parents, way way way before it got to this point. The parents should have consulted a doctor, a social worker or a mental health worker way before the 10th time the police needed to be called. The child should have been placed or steps should have been taken to move the child into an environment where the explosive behavior can be controlled, the child can be subdued and the child does not have access to anything that can be used as a weapon.
You have the disability plus hormones, plus puberty, plus peer pressure, plus an inability to understand and regulate emotion, equals a time bomb.
It was a kid, and two cops.
You can always say technically and by protocol and blah blah, but that's not how police should operate.
Two cops both using them aren't going to miss and so what?
What if they had missed with their guns? The consequence to them would have been the same, the consequence to the victim not so much.
They could of and should have used a taser.
Cops didn't always shoot first...
He had autism, the state was not going to come into their home and take their child and their responsibility.
He wasn't a criminal and his violent behavior was obviously a result of his mental illness.
He shouldn't be deprived of love and and an attempt at a normal life because somebody got fed up with him.
I am quite sure that everytime the police respond to situations like this involving a minor, an inquiry by social services is mandatory.
I don't know what else they could have told the parents besides: make sure he takes his meds, take him to a doctor (who'd end up perscribing more meds), or take some classes.
I also wonder how and if they were medically insured. Maybe they were financially strained.
Originally posted by CaptainNemo
Just before 8:30 a.m., Calumet City police responded to a call at the home on the 500 block of Forsythe. Police say 15-year-old Stephon Watts was in the basement and apparently had been fighting with his father. When two officers went downstairs, police say the boy lunged at the officers with a knife. The boy's father, who witnessed it, says it was only a butter knife. Both officers fired one shot each at the boy. He was pronounced dead the hospital a short while later.
Do you think the shooting was justifiable.? The police department had knowledge of the boys handicap, and previously have dealt with the same situation, using tasers to subdue him. The article also says the lead officer did not have a taser on him, Why.?
Police say they knew the boy suffered from Asperger's syndrome. They had previously responded to the home 10 times and say the boy had attacked officers before
A loaded weapon on a kid with autism .? I just don't understand that with all the training and ways to subdue a person NON-lethaly, you still fire two rounds into a kid who allegedly had a butter knife.?