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May 13, 2011
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Video: Autistic boy, 11, hysterical in back of squad

The boy screamed and pounded his head against the seat while cops looked for his mother

Editor’s Note: Anyone parent will find it hard to watch a child attempting to hurt himself in the back of a squad car, so for me and for many others, this video is not easy to watch. However, by every indication from the dash-cam video in the below item, the officers of Livonia (Mich.) Police Department should be commended for their outstanding effort to defuse a difficult and dangerous situation. The boy — who is considered by his mom to be “severely Autistic” — was caught by police as he ran toward traffic on a busy street. In apprehending the boy before he got to that street, they very likely saved his life. Because he was exhibiting violent behaviors, he was handcuffed and belted into the back seat of the patrol car while the officers tried to find the boy’s mother, who was nowhere to be found. The boy was unharmed because of the careful work of these cops, and we at PoliceOne commend every officer who takes such care in coming to the aid of ASD subjects.

WXYZ.com

LIVONIA, Mich. — A Livonia mother is lashing out at police, criticizing them for the way they treated her severely autistic 11-year-old son.

Julia, who asked that we not use her last name, showed Action News police dashcam video of her son, Victor, in a patrol car May 2nd. The 11-year-old was taken into custody after running away from Riley Middle School.

The video shows the 11-year-old handcuffed in the back seat of the squad car hysterical – screaming and banging his head against the window.

Read more on WXYZ.com.







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