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    Cops smashed autistic teenís head into sidewalk: lawsuit

    I'm glad we have officers like this to keep us safe from innocent autistic people.

    Cops smashed autistic teen’s head into sidewalk: lawsuit | New York Post

    Police officers smashed an innocent autistic teenís head into ​a concrete sidewalk and punched him in the face as he screamed to his family for help ó then released him an hour later with no explanation for their violent conduct, a ​new ​federal lawsuit claims. Troy Canales, 18, was standing in front of his Bronx home in November 2014 when two cops drove up in a police car and demanded to know what he was doing, according to the Manhattan federal court lawsuit. ď[Canales] was extremely scared, but told the officers that he was just Ďchillingí and was not doing anything,Ē the suit states. ď[The officers] each grabbed plaintiffís arms and forcefully threw him down on the sidewalk, smashing his head against the concrete. [The officers] kneed plaintiff in the back and punched him in the face as he screamed to his family for help.Ē

    Canalesí mom and brother came out of their home and told the cops that he was autistic, but the cops ignored them and took him to the precinct, according to the suit. Canales ó who was 17 at the time ó was held for an hour until his mom spoke to the precinctís commanding officer. The cops wouldnít explain why Canales was assaulted and arrested except to say that one officer ďfeared for his lifeĒ when he spoke to Canales on the sidewalk, according to the lawsuit. The suit also claims the NYPD doesnít give its officers sufficient guidelines for how to deal with autistic people. It seeks compensatory and punitive damages.

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    Re: Cops smashed autistic teenís head into sidewalk: lawsuit

    Almost there, the Police State is right around the corner.
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    Re: Cops smashed autistic teenís head into sidewalk: lawsuit

    It is sad that officers do not interact appropriate to the situation sometimes when dealing with the mentally ill. I do not take an article based on allegations in a lawsuit as the truth though. I would at least want to know what the grounds of defense would say once it is filed to start to form an opinion. Lawyers looking for a cut of the verdict/settlement are not going to say, "Oh yeah, and my client told the officers it was none of their f-ing business and that he was going to kick both of their asses" or something along those lines.

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    Re: Cops smashed autistic teenís head into sidewalk: lawsuit

    First, autism is not a mental illness. Secondly, this is ridiculous. For an armed police officer to say he feared this boy is called incompetence. I hope they fire him and they file suit.

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    Re: Cops smashed autistic teenís head into sidewalk: lawsuit

    Quote Originally Posted by Anomalism View Post
    ...then released him an hour later with no explanation for their violent conduct, a ​new ​federal lawsuit claims.

    I'm sure they were doing something such as falsifying the police report claiming the child had "lunged" at them.

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    Re: Cops smashed autistic teenís head into sidewalk: lawsuit

    The police nowadays have so much reasons to fear for their live. Everyone is threatening them. They need to be very, very attentive and ready to react immediately any moment they feel a tiny possibility of danger.
    Geez, these people are going through hard times.

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    Re: Cops smashed autistic teenís head into sidewalk: lawsuit

    Quote Originally Posted by CherryPanda View Post
    The police nowadays have so much reasons to fear for their live. Everyone is threatening them. They need to be very, very attentive and ready to react immediately any moment they feel a tiny possibility of danger.
    Geez, these people are going through hard times.
    Fear should not be the standard by which we judge conduct -- both the police and the citizenry have ample examples to justify irrational fear.

    Police officer is a noble and demanding profession, one what that comes with both power and responsibility. We should expect people who choose this profession to rise to the high standards of the uniform they wear.

    As to the scenario in the OP, there just isn't enough information to draw a conclusion as yet.

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    Re: Cops smashed autistic teenís head into sidewalk: lawsuit

    Definitely need some more information on this one. It sounds horrible, but there is lots missing.

    And just because a kid has autism, doesn't mean he/she can't be violent. My son had several in his class who could not control themselves (granted, they are much younger than this kid). Even my son can be violent at times. Should know what actions worried the police. Repetitive behavior is common in those with autism. Some of this behavior can make a person appear to be crazy. And the lack of strong communication skills can easily cause a miscommunication between them. I would want to know what the police are claiming happened, as well as hopefully additional details about the story, preferably from an unbiased source. If it is as stated, they had no reason to confront him to begin with, or at least to get physical, then this is horrible.

    I do agree that police officers should be taught to deal with all different kinds of people who can be both "suspicious" and "violent" due to their mental condition. This doesn't mean that it should be acceptable to allow people who do have mental conditions that affect their behaviors in a way that can be violent should be able to harm or threaten others with their behavior, particularly once they become adults or even teenagers. But there should be a realistic threat, not a suspected threat due solely because of "strange" or "off" behavior.
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    Re: Cops smashed autistic teenís head into sidewalk: lawsuit

    Quote Originally Posted by GhostlyJoe View Post
    Fear should not be the standard by which we judge conduct -- both the police and the citizenry have ample examples to justify irrational fear.

    Police officer is a noble and demanding profession, one what that comes with both power and responsibility. We should expect people who choose this profession to rise to the high standards of the uniform they wear.

    As to the scenario in the OP, there just isn't enough information to draw a conclusion as yet.
    Are you always that serious?
    I understand what you mean, but still... An autistic kid? A real threat? The officer felt feared for his life? Really?

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    Re: Cops smashed autistic teenís head into sidewalk: lawsuit

    Quote Originally Posted by Anomalism View Post
    I'm glad we have officers like this to keep us safe from innocent autistic people.

    Cops smashed autistic teen’s head into sidewalk: lawsuit | New York Post

    Police officers smashed an innocent autistic teen’s head into ​a concrete sidewalk and punched him in the face as he screamed to his family for help — then released him an hour later with no explanation for their violent conduct, a ​new ​federal lawsuit claims. Troy Canales, 18, was standing in front of his Bronx home in November 2014 when two cops drove up in a police car and demanded to know what he was doing, according to the Manhattan federal court lawsuit. “[Canales] was extremely scared, but told the officers that he was just ‘chilling’ and was not doing anything,” the suit states. “[The officers] each grabbed plaintiff’s arms and forcefully threw him down on the sidewalk, smashing his head against the concrete. [The officers] kneed plaintiff in the back and punched him in the face as he screamed to his family for help.”

    Canales’ mom and brother came out of their home and told the cops that he was autistic, but the cops ignored them and took him to the precinct, according to the suit. Canales — who was 17 at the time — was held for an hour until his mom spoke to the precinct’s commanding officer. The cops wouldn’t explain why Canales was assaulted and arrested except to say that one officer “feared for his life” when he spoke to Canales on the sidewalk, according to the lawsuit. The suit also claims the NYPD doesn’t give its officers sufficient guidelines for how to deal with autistic people. It seeks compensatory and punitive damages.
    Wow. Talk about a lack of information. That was a pretty thin story. Not enough information.
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