Archive for the 'Autism' Category

USA – Hawthorne, California settles civil-rights violation case for $99,000 [+ an earlier $300,000 settlement for tasering an autistic child by the same officer] (2014-06-24)

Posted on June 26 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Julius Bilbrew was 16 in 2009 when he was tasered sitting on a park-bench with his girl-friend. The City of Hawthorne has just agreed to a $99,000 settlement The same police officer was accused of similar civil-rights violations for using a Taser gun on a 12-year-old autistic teenager in September 2008, […]

USA – Illinois – ‘Autism world under siege these days’ [A 35-year-old autistic woman was tasered twice last month] (2013-06-25)

Posted on June 25 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A 35-year-old autistic woman was tasered twice last month. An agency working with the autism spectrum protests … ]] Sun-Times, by Jerry Davich When Portage police used a Taser twice on a 35-year-old autistic woman last month, the incident raised a few eyebrows. But especially from Susan Moreno. The Crown Point woman […]

USA – Ashland, Oregon: Oregon State Police use taser on 11-year-old autistic girl (2013-06-23)

Posted on June 23 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Police taser an 11-year-old autistic girl from Ashland, Oregon, while she was walking along a highway at 4 in the morning –her case of autism is so severe, she cannot carry a conversation and she often runs away from home. State police say discharge most likely saved her life – she […]

USA – Portage, Indiana chief defends actions in arrest of autistic woman (2013-06-06)

Posted on June 6 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : According to the police chief, involved in the Tasering and arrest of a developmentally disabled woman, Crystal Patrick, 34, Friday morning acted appropriately. She was arrested after police were called by a homeowner who told police he found Patrick on his back deck and that she had taken a beer from […]

USA – Iowa Police Taser Autistic Boy After Fight (2012-05-10)

Posted on May 10 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT: A family in Johnston said they are outraged after police officers used a Taser gun to subdue their autistic son, John Pilmer, 15. Two teenagers were fighting in a theatre lobby”. According to the police, Pilmer continued to fight, and four officers tried but failed to gain control, so they used a […]

USA – Illinois: Family Suing Calumet City Cops Who Fatally Shot Autistic [sic: Asperger’s disease] Son (2012-04-25)

Posted on April 25 2012 by admin

USA – Illinois Family Suing Calumet City Cops Who Fatally Shot 15-yr-old Autistic Son [after tasering him] (2012-04-25)

Posted on April 25 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT: 15-year-old Stephon E. Watts was shot and killed Feb. 1 after the boy’s father called police for help. Stephon, who suffered from Asperger’ disease, was well known to the police as violent. One officer Tasered him with negative results, but another officer deployed his Taser, striking Watts and causing him to drop […]

(2011-11-18) WISCONSIN: Hartland Police Use Taser On Student With Special Needs [[teenager tasered // autism // cognitively-challenged tasered]]

Posted on November 18 2011 by admin

Hartland police said they used a Taser on a student with special needs after an incident on a school bus, after the boy was said to have pushed the driver off his school bus and charged the officer. In the scuffle, the officer fired his taser 3 times. (This story is also reported in the “Austism Times” (

USA – Palm Coast, Florida: Superintendent Will Recommend Tasers In Schools; Majority of Board Signals Agreement (2011-09-29)

Posted on September 29 2011 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS School Board administrators are likely to adopt taser for school security personnel, depite opposition by many parents, resulting largely from a deputy firing a Taser at the autistic student in 2007–an incident then-Superintendent Bill Delbrugge said should not have escalated as it did–again leading the board to reassert its opposition to […]

USA – Washington County, Oregon, police officers to learn about autism recognition from fellow cop (2011-09-01)

Posted on September 1 2011 by admin

[[ Summary / Comments: The police need to become more sensitive to “psychiatric” problems of all kinds.  As police increasingly become the first interveners, Oregon authorities introduce training, which is funded by the Autism Society of Oregon with help from Autism Research and Resources of Oregon to help identify those suffering from this problem. ]] […]

USA – Stockton, California: Autistic Teen Tased By School Police (2011-04-21)

Posted on April 22 2011 by admin