I’ve just been informed that the police officer who shot Charles Kinsey was actually aiming for his autistic patient. Now, I’m not trying to distract from the fact that POC are victims of police brutality far too often, but I would like to point out that a startling number of people on the autism spectrum face police brutality every year, too.
For example, Kayden Clarke, a trans man with Aspergers, was shot by cops sent to check on his wellbeing: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/kayden-clarke-shot-killed-police_us_56b61661e4b04f9b57d9d07e
In 2013, an unnamed, nonverbal, autistic 11-year-old girl was Tased by Oregon State Police for not responding to questioning: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/06/21/2198631/oregon-police-tase-autistic-11-year-old-walking-along-the-highway/
Los Angeles police shot and killed autistic Mohammad Chaudry in 2008, and may have planted a knife on his body to justify it: http://www.care2.com/causes/family-of-autistic-man-kileed-by-police.html
Steven Washington was also fatally shot by the LAPD in 2010 when his stimming was mistaken for drawing a weapon: http://www.care2.com/causes/2-lapd-officers-not-justified-in-fatal-shooting-of-autistic-man.html
The London Metropolitan Police used excessive force on an autistic teen in 2012 who was refusing to get out of a pool, causing him to develop moderate PTSD: http://www.care2.com/causes/autistic-teenager-handcuffed-after-jumping-in-pool.html
In 2011, Toronto Police handcuffed a scared 9-year-old having a meltdown: http://www.care2.com/causes/toronto-police-defend-handcuffing-boy-with-aspergers.html
…….I could go on, but I think you get the (extremely ableist) picture. Police need to be trained to handle people with disabilities. As an autistic person, I should not have to be scared that if I have a meltdown in public, I could be shot because police think I’m a threat.