“POLICE BODY CAMERA: Arizona officer detains teen with autism”

You wanna know WHY we bombard you with information about our stimming, our sensory issues, our reactions to overloading stimulation?

THIS. This is why we spam you with OUR needs, and we use the terms like stimming, auras, EDS, shutdowns, meltdowns.

This could easily be any one of us, even if it’s not something innocent like stimming but a shutdown or meltdown, people NEED to know what the hell the terms mean. I shudder to imagine my friend’s son if he happens to be somewhere and encounter someone who DOESN’T know him. And he’s of legal adult age. An unknown officer won’t know he’s Autistic, and will react as if he’s an uncooperative adult male.

The MINUTE this boy said he was stimming, the officer should have known it’s perfectly acceptable for an autistic person to do, and backed the hell down. There was zero need to scare this kid half to death. Connor was capable enough in that moment to articulate what he was doing, but what if he couldn’t speak? What if fear paralyzed him?

Basic fucking education would not be misplaced here, at least the rudimentary terms of the condition.

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5 thoughts on ““POLICE BODY CAMERA: Arizona officer detains teen with autism”

  1. Amen, luv! πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ. This very situation scares me to death. 😰. I feel so much for anyone who has endured something like this, or anyone who has come close πŸ’”

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    1. FireBrightStarSoul September 19, 2017 — 06:21

      Same here. I think of my daughter, my friends kids…

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      1. Yep. Scary times 😳😰🌹

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      2. FireBrightStarSoul September 19, 2017 — 06:29

        It only makes me more determined to keep being vocal about it. I’m struggling to not let it make me angry and bitter.

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      3. Dang straight πŸ‘πŸΌ. It’s hard not to become angry about it! Keep going, girl πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ. This message is so important πŸ’“

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