Alright, guys...instead of screaming murder, look at this as yet another case of miscommunication. And before you start to argue, remember that you've
all been guilty of this before.
Someone, whoever it was, neglected to mention the boy was autistic, or the officers would have known. Had the officers known (and it isn't their fault
they didn't know) they might have reacted differently.
Since they didn't know the boy was autistic, anyone else with a butter knife can do serious damage. If a wind can jam a straw through a tree, it isn't
too farfetched to think a butter knife can be lodged in the jugular, or shoved under the ribs. And since there has apparently been a history of
incidents at the home, they will be extra wary. Not to mention one of the officers suffered injury by that same butter knife, at the hand of that same
boy. How many people do you see here saying, "How DARE he hurt an officer of the law?"
In fact, I'm a little irritated that the OP chose to point out the kid was 15 years old and autistic in the thread title, not the fact that he was
clearly violent, had a history of police incidents, and actually SLASHED a police officer. That, in my mind, would justify the entire event.
This was a matter of the person calling 911 neglecting to point out, "Oh, this boy is autistic. He's a little out of control, but just talk him down."
Nope, they didn't say that. So when police show up expecting a thug with experience in fighting, you can't blame them for shooting an armed suspect
who appears to be dangerous. And it is, right now, an opportunity for people to get mad at armed forces because they are one example of societal
control in a life where nothing mortal is controlled, and so they need someone to blame and get mad at.
Moral of the story: if the kid is autistic, try to remember to mention it. The police don't know everything, and they have specific guidelines
regarding how to proceed, especially if innocent civilians are involved. And this kid OBVIOUSLY had a history, so I don't blame the cops one bit. If
someone came at me with a knife, no matter what the situation was, you can bet I'd pull the trigger too.
There's police brutality, and then there's taking your job seriously. Don't be too quick to point fingers.
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