Minnesota Transit Cop Fired After Assaulting An Austic Teenager At Train Station
Maria Caldwell told KARE 11 that her son, 17-year-old Marcus Abrams. was standing on the train tracks moments before police approached him. The teen says he was wearing headphones and couldn’t hear everything police said. Marcus and two other friends were traveling home after working at the Minnesota State Fair.
The teen maintains that officers accused him of being intoxicated or using drugs. During the assault, which was recorded on camera, Abrams had a seizure.
“One grabbed my arm and the other one grabbed my wrist and I told them to get off me — I did nothing wrong,” Abrams told KARE 11. “They just slammed me right on the ground. I tried to get them off me and (one officer had his) whole body on my whole face and I couldn’t breathe.”
Based on an eyewitness report and a report from Marcus’ mother, the police should have been able to tell that a) Marcus was autistic and b) that he was obviously suffering from a seizure.
A bystander who recorded video of the encounter can be heard telling police that Abrams was suffering a seizure as they physically restrained him.
The boy’s mother said he actually had two seizures during the incident and was hospitalized afterward, but she said officers should have realized her son suffered from a mental disability.
“Just by talking to him they should have known that something in his mind was not right,” Maria Caldwell said.
Why is it so hard for cops to just communicate with people in a civilized manner before they go all He-Man and start putting hands on people? Imagine if this boy had died over this? The cop would’ve just hidden behind his badge and spouted off disingenuous rhetoric about “doing his job”.
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