TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – The mom of an autistic 14-year-old boy is saying the handcuffing of her son doesn’t promote trusting relationships between the neighborhood and the Topeka Police Division.
The encounter between the Topeka Police Department and an autistic 14-year-old boy on Sept. 19 has his household and advocates shocked.
The boy’s mom says whereas telling his story, the boy recollects seeing the officer attain low at his hip and feared he was about to be shot. Advocates say the incident occurred inside toes of his entrance yard and the household believes this was extreme. They stated if the officer would have approached the boy in keeping with TPD de-escalation protocol, the result would have been completely different.
The Topeka Police Division stated officers have been known as to the world with reviews of the boy driving his bike with an off-leash canine, which is a violation of a metropolis ordinance. Officers additionally stated this was not the primary time that they had made contact with the boy relating to the identical problem.
On Sept. 16, officers say they have been dispatched to the boy’s residence with complaints from neighbors that the boy was strolling by means of the neighborhood together with his canine off-leash.
“The responding officer made contact with the 14-year-old and instructed him that the canine couldn’t be off-leash and that the canine wanted to be taken residence. He acknowledged the officer’s warning and rode off on his bike,” TPD stated of the separate Sept. 16 incident.
TPD stated on Sept. 19 it was then known as to the identical space with complaints from neighbors that the boy was biking across the neighborhood together with his canine off-leash.
Based on TPD, the usage of pressure was generated within the Sept. 19 incident when the officer took the boy to the bottom and handcuffed him. It stated there have been no accidents reported to them on the time of the incident and the boy was launched to a guardian.
Nevertheless, the boy’s mom stated he suffered a fractured wrist because of the incident.
“We’re not anti-police,” stated the mom. “There are some nice officers on the market. Up to now, he has been approached by officers who stopped to offer him a bottle of water whereas strolling residence after mowing the church grass.”
The mom of the boy stated she has filed a criticism with the Impartial Police Auditor and is hoping for a simply end result.
“My son shouldn’t have been taken to the bottom and be recovering from a fractured wrist as a result of an officer didn’t have the flexibility to de-escalate the state of affairs,” she stated.
Advocates say they’re asking Topekans to determine if that is how they need their regulation enforcement officers to work together with youngsters. They ask if residents would anticipate de-escalation for use when coping with non-violent offenders and petty offenses comparable to strolling on the street.
Advocates of the boy say they’re additionally asking Topeka Mayor Michelle De La Isla, the Chief of Police, the Metropolis Council and the Fraternal Order of Police to completely take a look at and make mandatory modifications to the TPD Coverage and Process Guide 4.2 Use of Drive and 4.three Use of Drive reporting and overview group.
“We imagine police who abuse their energy needs to be held accountable and nonetheless imagine within the means of the police to uphold their sworn duties to serve and defend all residents,” stated the advocates.
The advocates record themselves as Ariane Davis, LaRonna Lassiter-Saunders, Gregory Bland and Janice Crowley.
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