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Originally posted by HallamFoe
Why call the police in to deal with a kid with autism? I don't get it. Why didn't they call a specialist/doctor?
Originally posted by ShadowAngel85
reply to post by needlenight
Agreed, if someone with a knife jumps at a cop there's a good chance the cop will protect his own life. I would do the same if someone armed jumps at me. I doubt they had the time to see what the knife was.
The more interesting question is why the father can't handle his son and needed police help. Looks like bad and lazy parenting.
Originally posted by Starchild23
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.
edit on CFridayam585859f59America/Chicago03 by Starchild23 because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by olliemc84
Originally posted by paxnatus
reply to post by olliemc84
I have a 3 year old boy. My cousin has a 5 year old that suffers from autism. Without getting into details all I can say is she needs all the help she can get so I go over and make sure that that child is getting as much love and attention that I could provide. He has been placed in a special program where he goes to school 5 days a week and it seems to be working wonders. I understand that every autism case is different and some kids act out in their own ways, but to have to call the police 10 times? I think it is pretty god damn ridiculous.
Where was the department of social services on this one? My son broke his leg a few months back from jumping off his bed and I had to sit through 5 interviews with CPS just so they could rule out child abuse. Why are they not involved with intervening in this child's behavior and his parents complete lack of responsibility or understanding for their child's disorder.
I never claimed that the child was responsible for this. I said that the parents were responsible for this first and foremost for using the police as a crutch. What did they expect would eventually happen? This kid would either be locked up or, unfortunately, killed.
Originally posted by samkent
reply to post by TruckDriver69
And you wonder why the police have an attitude...
Are you going to treat them that way whe someone breaks in and steals your stuff?