This headline “Cops kill mentally ill teen” is what I came across today while browsing Russia Today website. My previous blog “Coming to the last resort…” discussed an incident very similar to this story. Ironically, what the police officer said to these parents is similar to what I was told: “I don’t have time for this. Tase him. Let’s get him out of here.”
If you read my blog you will see that the EMT stated he didn’t “want to deal with this” and the police officer said, “if your son acts up we will taser him.” The only way to address these issues is to speak out about them, so that a dialogue can start and solutions can be created. Education and awareness on how to properly handle people with mental and physical disabilities can go a long way. It could have possibly prevented this horrific tragedy.
The 18-year-old weighed 90lbs and was holding a screwdriver. Yes, he was having a violent episode and he did threaten to hurt his mother. The parents did the right thing by calling for help and the police officers should have transported him to a facility for disabled adults. There was no need for them to shoot him; they shot him because of ignorance.
We (parents/caregivers of the disabled) are told to call 911 if we need help; unfortunately when we do we are often made to feel like we are being an “inconvenience” as well as putting our disabled loved ones in harms way by the people who are suppose to be helping us!
Please read the article here: http://rt.com/usa/cops-kill-mentally-ill-teen-283/