Police Place 10-Year-Old Autistic Boy In Handcuffs, Place Him On Top Of Police Cruiser After He Threatens To Kill Himself
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WESH 2 News (@WESH) September 04, 2014
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – The parents of a 10-year-old boy with autism are outraged after their son was reportedly handcuffed and placed on top of a Kissimmee police cruiser.
The police were called by the boy’s teacher at Cypress Elementary School after he violently acted out in class last month, WESH-TV reports. He allegedly grabbed scissors and threatened to “cut off his fingers” and “kill himself.”
When police arrived, the officers said the boy punched, kicked and continued to make threats. They decided to submit him for a mental health evaluation, according to WESH.
Instead of placing him in handcuffs on the ground, they placed the boy on the trunk of the car because the asphalt was too hot.
In a report of the incident, an officer wrote, “The trunk lid was cool enough that it would not harm the boy and it would allow me to secure him from moving around and kicking me.”
The boy’s father arrived to the scene to find his son on top of the trunk and explained to WESH that police didn’t give him a chance to try and calm his son down.
His parents think that their son was treated unfairly and that unnecessary force was used. The boy is back in the family’s custody, but is afraid to return to school.