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When the terrified young man was returned to the arms of his mother, she was outraged. She asked the officer, ““I said, ‘Didn’t you know he was a Down Syndrome kid?’ And he said, ‘No, I’m not a doctor. I don’t know.’ And I said, ‘Well, you can see it in his face that he is a Down Syndrome kid.’” - See more at: www.thedailysheeple.com...
They thought he had a suspicious bulge in his pants. It was a colostomy bag! How do they let these idiots on the Police forces? Don't they get training on how to recognize and deal with handicapped people?
Miami-Dade Police Slapped Man With Down Syndrome
Just weeks after North Miami Police fatally shot an autistic man playing with a toy gun, officers from another South Florida police force are in hot water for using violence against a mentally disadvantaged man. NBC Miami reports that Saturday night, a Miami-Dade Police officer slammed a man with Down syndrome to the ground and then smacked him across the head. The officers were suspicious after seeing a bulge in the man's pants. It turned out to be a colostomy bag.
Twenty-two-year-old Gilberto Powell was confronted by officers Saturday at 9:30 p.m. near SW 111th Place and 138th Street. Officers spotted a bulge in his waistband and began to pat him down.
Powell, who has Down syndrome, became confused and tried to flee. The officers tried to place him in handcuffs, but his head hit the ground. Powell struck one of the officers in the chest, and then an officer "struck [Powell] in the left side of his face with an open hand in an attempt to subdue him," according to the police report.
Only after they had handcuffed him did they realize Powell was "mentally challenged, was not capable of understanding our commands, and that the bulge in his waistband was a colostomy bag."
reply to post by TorqueyThePig
I don't want to Monday morning quarterback because I wasn't there but even if these officers had a legit reason to stop this person it appears they screwed up big time and used excessive force.
After seeing many things in my years as an MP, i have always said that i think that police should have to do stint in the care industry first. Whether it be mental health, kids with emotional and behavioral disorders....that kind of thing....it would certainly make for a different response at some of these incidents.