Mother Cautions Police Of Autistic Son On Garage Door
A mother of a twenty-eight your old autistic man is going the extra mile to ensure her son’s safety. She is even cautioning law enforcement to keep her son safe from harm. Her son is well on the Autism Spectrum and has great difficulty communicating. It is easy to imagine how bad that would go down with police if they ever saw him as a threat. She has reason to be concerned. It was not two years ago that a deaf and mute man was shot outside his home in North Carolina by a State Trooper. A quick recap on that, the man was driving down the road (his vision is excellent), and a state trooper attempted to pull him over. He likely did not hear the state trooper behind him, and he made it all the way home. When he exited his car and saw law enforcement behind him, he attempted to communicate via sign language.
Well, anyone can guess what that leads too. A very similar situation could easily happen to a man or woman with Autism. Recently, a comment was made by a high-level U.S Politician that stated he wanted more immigrants from Norway. Fun fact, police in Norway have killed the same amount of civilians in ten years as U.S law enforcement has in the past year. So this mother’s concern is definitely warranted.
A Scary Situation
This concern almost became a horrifying reality just a few weeks ago. Judy’s Autistic son Zachary had an unfortunately natural fit of rage that the neighbors noticed. It is important to note that Zach has the brain function of a toddler and did not care that the cops had weapons that could quickly end his life. At one point an officer pulled his gun because he thought he might be fighting for his life. That is how much of a fight twenty-eight-year-old Zach was putting up. Even unarmed, a twenty-eight-year-old male is not harmless by anyone’s standards. That combined with his Autism makes this a challenging case. Eventually, the situation calmed down and so did Zachary. It was still a frightening reality check for his mother, Judy. She knew she had to take some action to keep her son safe and alive.
So What Did She Do?
Judy’s son spent two days in the hospital after the incident with the police. Thankfully, no charges were filed against him once the whole situation was sorted out. Judy decided then to do some painting on her garage door. No, she wasn’t attempting DIY garage door repair. She painted a message for law enforcement about her son in big bold letters on her garage door. They merely read “Autistic Man Lives Here” and below that “Cops No Excuses.” She also taped some written messages on paper around this with more details.
It seems like a good to a lot of people, but naturally, some folks do not think so. There are still those out there that do not understand Autism or what it means for the people who are on the spectrum. The good news is that there are plenty of newsgroups and associations that are working to change that. The problem indeed lies with law enforcement on this matter.
What Should Law Enforcement Do Differently?
Some say that if U.S Law Enforcement were trained like Norway’s Police, we would not have this problem. They say that we would not have so many police-related deaths in the United States. They might have a point. If law enforcement was better trained to defuse situations, the mortality rate of police encounters very well could decrease by a wide margin. Some political groups pointed out that our law enforcement is already heavily trained, but this could be well worth trying.