Officer Assaults and Arrests 9-Year-Old Boy with Autism in Public School Classroom

Published On September 27, 2012 | By Kate | Articles

At Baldwin South Intermediate School in Quincy, Illinois a school official called the police to deal with a “meltdown” of an autistic 9-year-old boy named Roger Parker, Jr this past Friday. Roger was sent to a specific area to calm down by school officials. When Roger decided to climb a dividing wall, instead of calling a parent to come and pick up the child, the school officials made the decision to call the police. Calling the police almost always makes situations worse.

The officer who arrived, Officer Bill Calkins, pulled Roger by his arms and legs, in an attempt to physically remove him from the wall. The officer pulled him in a manner which caused Roger to hit his eye against the divider.

After causing injury to Roger’s eye, the officer tried to restrain him. In response to the natural instinct to get away from an attacker, or someone inflicting harm, “Roger swung around and kicked the officer in his nose,” according to Brandi Kirchner, Roger’s mother.

Roger was pulled to the floor, handcuffed, and taken to the police station where his mother was told that he was being fingerprinted, photographed, and booked for aggravated battery to a police officer.

Quincy Public School District interim superintendent Cal Lee said the school is conducting an investigation, but that details of that investigation or actions taken will not be released to the public.

Kirchner stated that she recently discussed a plan on how to handle her son if he has an outburst, and is upset that it was not followed and that her son was placed in handcuffs before she was ever contacted.

Roger’s mother plans to request an investigation by the Quincy Police Department, although unfortunately it will probably be stated that the officer’s actions were justified; they certainly were not.

Quincy Police Chief Rob Copley shared more details on Tuesday:

It took several attempts before Calkins unnecessarily restrained and handcuffed Parker.

Roger was, according to Copley, not fingerprinted or photographed, but paperwork was filled out and sent to the juvenile probation office.

As they ought to, many parents have questioned the actions of the officer against the child with special needs.

Lee, the superintendent, said that the school has plans in place for students with special needs, and in many classrooms, teacher assistants called “Star Guides” who are also there to help. There were Star Guides in the room during the interaction on Friday.

The arresting officer, Bill Calkins remains on duty and faces no repercussions. Meanwhile, Kirchner removed her son Roger from the Quincy Public School system and is investigating home schooling options.

A strange man walking into a classroom and using physical force in an attempt to coerce a child who is not harming others into complying with demands is absolutely not an appropriate way to deal with the situation. Also, to arrest a child for acting on his logical instinct to prevent someone from further harming them by running – or kicking – is completely absurd.

I strongly advocate not sending your children to any place that handles situations in such a manner. As I said, calling the police usually makes the situation worse, and calling the police is what most public schools resort to when they don’t know how to handle a situation. If your child decides to climb up on something that teachers would prefer he or she does not and is feeling a little bit uncooperative, they could be assaulted, arrested, and face criminal charges – all before their tenth birthday.

 

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  • Kaz

    Having an Autistic brother I know what it is like trying to deal with these kinds of outbursts. Usually if you leave the child alone he will calm himself down. However, If you must intervene to keep them from hurting themselves or others the best way to do that is distract them with something they like. Trying to physically restain an autistic person will always make the situation worse. These individuals do these things to like climb a wall to get away from something that is bothering them. They are hyper-sensitive to noises as well as touch. If I were the parents of this child I would be finding a lawyer to file a lawsuit against the school and police department. Both places were incompetent in their actions to handle the situation.

  • The_Lakewood_4_Are_Burning_In_Hell

    Brave and fearless Team Blue warrior. Bravo. Can’t let scary 9 year olds threaten officer safety.

  • shawn

    I’m not sure who handled this worse, the school or the cop. The cop’s initial actions injure the kid, but the school is supposed to be trained for dealing with issues like his.

  • Common Sense

    ..and how many children did Bales kill? Was it 8 or 9?

    …how many pregnant women have be shot by the Army? Was it just the one? (Nabiha Jassim) Nope, it was the whole family.

    Go Army!

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  • t.

    Not trying to sound ugly…but how “autistic” is he? Apparently he must be pretty functional to be in a normal classroom setting.

    (I hear the radio commercial all the time. 1 in 110 are autistic. The degree of how autistic his he can be a very wide spectrum).

    But however it occurred and for whatever reason (most likely some really out of control behavior…much worse than is calmly described in the article) the administration decided that he behavior couldn’t be handled by the “star guides”. The officers most certainly tried to calm this kid down. The fact that he wouldn’t (couldn’t) calm down isn’t the officers fault. It’s junior’s fault. And what is wrongly characterized as overly aggressive actions by the officer, sounds like the proper action. The injury suffered by the child, while unfortunate, is mostly self inflicted. A bump like that in what was a violent encounter is very, very little injury. Insinuating that handcuffing this kid is wrong is niavety in thinking.

    As for the rest of it…
    It shows again a complete lack of understanding of police activity / action. If this kid is this violent and explosive, the officer filing a juvenile petition to get him and his parents in front of the court to monitor him and his parents decisions sounds like not only a good idea, but something that is required. You have to remember, this kid is in a classroom and school with hundreds of other children and probably petite female teachers. Their rights and safety matter too. If this kid is a mildly autistic as I’d bet he is…his behavior can be controlled by him and this was more choice to act out than anything else. If he is severally autistic, why was hein a regular classroom anyway?

    Over all, sounds / looks like appropriate action by the school and certainly by the police. The mothers decision to remove him from school is her decision to make, and probably a good one.

  • John Q Public

    QUINCY, ILL. — A Quincy mother is upset over the way she said school officials treated her son who has autism during an incident Friday at Baldwin South Intermediate School.

    Brandi Kirchner said that her 9-year-old son Roger Parker, Jr. had “a meltdown” during class. School officials sent him to a special area to calm down.

    The boy climbed a dividing wall and the school called in a police officer to deal with him, the mother said. In the attempt to pull Roger off the wall, the officer pulled the boy by his arms and legs, causing him to hit his eye on the divider, Kirchner said.

    The officer then tried to restrain the boy when Roger swung around and kicked the officer in his nose, Kirchner said.

    Kirchner said the officer pulled her son to the floor. He was handcuffed and taken to the police station. She had to go to the station to get her son.

    “I asked to see my son. Forty-five minutes later, after they told me he did not need a parent present because he was under arrest and not being interrogated,” she said. “He was fingerprinted, photographed and booked for aggravated battery to a police officer.”

    Quincy Public School District interim superintendent Cal Lee said that the school is conducting an investigation. Details of that investigation or the actions taken will not be released to the public.

    Kirchner said she is upset because she recently discussed a plan on how to handle her son if he has an outburst. She believes the plan wasn’t followed and she has concerns that police placed her son in handcuffs before she was ever contacted.

    “You just can’t handle them like they are a regular gen-ed student,” she said. “They require special attention. And if anybody is going to be in that aspect and dealing with them, they need to have the proper training to deal with them before stepping into the classroom.”

    Kirchner removed her son from the Quincy Public School system and is investigating home schooling options.

    Brandi said that she plans request and investigation by the Quincy Police Department.

    Tuesday, Quincy Police Chief Rob Copley revealed more details of the case.

    Copley says it took several attempts before Officer Bill Calkins restrained Parker and handcuffed him. Copley says Parker’s mother was called immediately after and told to come to the police department.

    Parker was taken into custody, but Copley says he was not photographed or finger printed.

    “It’s a fine line whether you call it an arrest. He was a juvenile.He was not finger printed. He was not photographed with the mug shot camera. He was not taken into jail. He was taken into custody. He was brought to police headquarters where the appropriate paperwork was filled out so we could forward the reports to the probation department and then he was released to his mother,” Copley said.

    Many parents have questioned the actions of the officer against a child with special needs. Copley says Officer Calkins has gone through training to handle similar situations.

    “We receive what’s called CIT training, crisis intervention training, which deals with a whole host of behavioral disorders and situations with individuals,” he said. “Certain officers receive more detailed CIT training than others. Our entire department is not trained as CIT officers, however, Officer Calkins, who is the officer we’re talking about is a trained CIT officer.”

    The arresting officer remains in his normal duties at Baldwin.

    KHQA also reached out to the Quincy School District. Superintendent Cal Lee said he’s continuing to read through witness accounts.

    Lee says the school has plans in place for students with special needs, and in many classrooms, teacher assistants called “Star Guides” are also on hand to help. He says there were star guides in the room during Friday’s incident.

  • John Q Public

    One of the comments from the Channel 7 KHQA website this story comes from:

    It is disturbing how many people are unabashedly blaming QPD and the Police Officer involved. I have a hard time believing a sworn Police Officer would go out of his way to intentionally harm a disabled child… It’s also hard to believe these allegations against said police officer when Kirchner was not even present to witness the events. I’m curious as to where the information came from? How many people attributed to this information? When were they present? I guess what really bothers me is that this Police Officer is being ridiculed for doing his job. Kirchner stated that her child “had ‘a meltdown’ during class. School officials sent him to a special area to calm down.” Did he ever calm down? because the next thing said is “The boy climbed a dividing wall and the school called in a police officer to deal with him, the moth
    er said.” That sounds pretty dangerous to me considering an autistic child experiencing a meltdown has total loss of behavioral control. I want to know how he climbed a dividing wall. Was he under supervision? Was he still having a meltdown? If he was in control of himself, why were the police called? Before you start berating the officer, ask yourself what would have happened had the officer not been there to subdue the child? No one here knows the extent of the situation; the information a lot of you are basing your harsh judgements on is a mixture of hearsay and half truths. Not to mention it is a poorly written article. Autism is different in every individual, but “meltdowns” or “rages” can easily get out of control and you can’t expect them to be the same with each child. This was an unfortunate situation. Not to mention, “meltdowns” are still being studied to this day and there are many different “methods” of handling them and NONE of those methods are 100% effective. To the people berating the QPD and Public School system: I will read your comments with an open mind when – and only when – you produce the rest of the information regarding this situation from other view points, preferably someone who was actually present during the situation.

  • 2minutes

    I am utterly amazed the officer didn’t just shoot the kid; after all, he’s autistic, clearly dangerous with his “really out of control behavior” AND able-bodied; that makes him way more deadly than the double amputee in the wheelchair that the police had to kill (Brian Claunch). This officer deserves a medal (maybe 2 of ‘em) for taking the time to engage in a physical battle, one that he was not certain that he could win, with this 9 yo criminal instead of just murdering him outright per the usual procedure.

  • The_Lakewood_4_Are_Burning_In_Hell

    Common the Pedtastic cop

    Army holds its offenders acountable. Team Blue does not.

    We know you hate the troops. I’m glad that you and the First Sergeant from Alabama get along so well and he can accept your anti-military stance. The Authoritarian Circle Jerk is very accepting, as long as you are an authoritarian.

  • enslave keene

    Good job QPD in da place to be!

  • Ian

    Good lesson to teach our kids, “It’s ok to use violence to get what you want.” Isn’t that what terrorists do?

  • Common Sense

    No hatred for the Army, just an example – and the family that was shot up, no one was punished.

    “The U.S. military recently announced in a Defence Department report provided to Congress that it paid out 19 million dollars in compensation to Iraqis last year — half of which paid out by Marines in al-Anbar province west of Baghdad.

    The military claimed the amount was paid in 600 separate incidents, but it is common knowledge in Iraq that the usual payout for a non-combat civilian death is 2,500 dollars.

    A payment of 19 million dollars compensation at 2,500 dollars a person would suggest such killings in thousands.”

    “…which reveal that over the course of the conflict, almost 700 civilians were killed in more than 14000 violent incidents that took place at US military checkpoints…”

    “…About 680 civilians were killed in these incidents between 2004 and 2010, with more than 2,000 wounded….

    “February 2005, for example, US soldiers shot a man in Mahmoudiya when he ran too close to an approaching convoy. They only later learned that he was mentally ill and often begged for food in the area near the convoy’s route.

    Other incidents ended with what the military itself called a disproportionate use of force. In September 2005, after going through an appropriate escalation, two soldiers from the 1-155th infantry opened fire on an approaching vehicle with M249 machine guns. Both poured 100 bullets into the car – five or six seconds of sustained fire from a gun capable of shooting 1,000 rounds per minute.

    Relatives of those killed were later awarded $10,000 compensation from the US military, which found the soldiers violated their rules of engagement…”

  • Ed

    Go join the Army Common. You WILL get your arrogant ass kicked.

  • Calvin

    Children like this should be put down, they are just an accident waiting to happen

  • http://yahoo larry

    If this kid was of age. There is no dought in my mind that he would be shot to death. The cops should never had been called in on this. The childs mother or father should have. This is not the bisness of the cops at all. The person at the school should be held responsabule just as much as the cop.

    The school systems in this country have to much power over our kids lives and can just about do any thing they want when it comes to our kids. Even at home or on the week ends….but that is an other matter.

  • john q pussy facestomper

    I know u would take down men women n children to maintain power Trippin!!!!! Fuckin Punk

  • Anani Mouse

    Here’s the cop’s facebook! Make sure he knows just what a tough guy he is. :)
    http://www.facebook.com/bill.calkins.374?ref=ts

  • Tom

    Nothing to see here. Just another instance where the public would have been better served by a crackhead than a police officer.

  • Alexander

    While the Cop did many things wrong from the sounds of it he was obviously trying to do the best he could with inadequate training and no guidance on how to deal with an Autistic child. The real villain here is the School, who had the training and advice on how to deal with the child and failed dismally to execute it, or offer it to the Cop.

    Of course the Cops doubled down after the fact buy lying and intimidating the mother with the stories about finger printing and charges, but that is SOP for that Blue Klan.

  • KAZ

    The following information comes from the parent of an autistic child who has dealt with schools and the reasons for calling police…..
    “the reason schools call the police and not the parents is to try and get that child removed from the school. Often times it is the low income families that schools do this too because they cannot afford a lawyer. The schools are required by law to provide extra services to special needs children. It costs a lot of money to provide these services so it is much more cost effective to get the kid tossed out of school. (it affects the staffs bonuses and pay raises) Autistic kids are placed in normal classrooms because they are being taught at a young age to be able to deal with what happens in normal society.”

    To the idiot cops out there, it does not matter how sever the autism is. Each case is different. They are all special needs and cannot be handled the same way you handle a normal child. I hope the cop learned a good lesson with the kick to the face he got. Maybe next time he won’t try to take the wrong approach again.

    The cops on here blaming the parents or the child for his behavior just goes to show how poorly trained they are to handle the situation. Autistic kids are not the only kids in school who have outbursts. The difference is that a normal child is more aware of what is going on when the adults try to calm them down. Autistic kids do not understand what the adults are doing most of the time. All this poor kid knew was that some stranger (Cop) was trying to physically force him to do something he didn’t want to do. Teachers can get sued very easily for putting their hands on a student. Cops however are held to a different standard. They are not held accountable when they handle this type of situation wrong. I agree that the cop did not try to hurt the kid on purpose, but he didn’t know what the heck he was doing by trying to physically restrain an autistic child.

    Finally we all see what happened in the end. The autistic kid did not hurt anyone during his outburst or wall climbing. However, when the cop tried to use unnecessary force did all hell break loose. The kid ended up injured and so did the cop. Most of the blame falls on the school. Had they called MOM instead of officer dumbass the whole situation would have ended without injury. The mother could have told the school what to do while she was on her way to the school.

  • Yankee Fan

    Sgt. Bales is a mass murderer who needs to fry. If I were his lawyyer I would approach him with this defense..”Your honor, they all reached for their waistbands and if it’s good enough for the police, is is good enough for a soldier”. What was the name of the 61 year old man killed in a wrong door raid because the police fucks had their heads up their asses?…Yep…GO TEAM BLUE!!

  • http://suijurisforum.com indio007

    I can’t believe they charged him wit the crime of assault on a police officer.

    What’s the chance of proving men reas?

    ZERO.

  • tracydawn007

    As a mother of a mildly autistic child, I am outraged by this and some of the comments left about this topic. My child is in a normal class room with minimum support and I would be furrious if the school system or the police delt with my child in this manner. Some of you and the police departments need to get educated on dealing with people, especially children, with special needs. People with autisum think, feel, hear & see the world much differently than you or I. It can be a very scary and confuseing place for someone who is feeling threatened. Every case of autisum is different depending on the personalitly of the individual. If this was your child would you be so quick to judge?

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  • t.

    @Alex: What, do tell, did the officer OR the school do wrong? If he was severely autistic he would not have been a regular classroom ( at least not in most school systems ). The school officials, and after being called the police, have a responsibility to ALL. That includes this kid as well as the others. This kids tantrum placed those other kids at risk. Should the school just ignore those children? The “cop block” mantra of “only my rights matter” would suggest yes…those children don’t matter, only this one kid matters. But that’s wrong. Sounds like a minimum of force was used. This slight injury was basically self inflicted.

    @Kaz: This officer was trained, even above that of most officers. And you are assuming, and probably wrongly so, that this kid was severely autistic. All autistic people are not made the same. They aren’t all “rain man”. Most are very highly functional. As you yourself acknowledged that each case is different. You are acting, quite wrongly, like this officer went in there and beat this kid down. That’s not even aledged in the original story. By “charging” this kid, it brings him, and his parents to the courts attention. Doesn’t mean that the petition will be accepted (shockingly few are). Nor does it mean it will be acted upon. But maybe mom and kid need a little bit of oversight. If this kid is functional enough to be in a regular classroom, he’s functional enough to know that there are consequences for his actions. We (society) can’t just ignore and allow outrageous behavior that is dangerous to others. In a very short time hell be 16, maybe driving. And then 19 and out of school and working. Should we allow this kind if behavior behind the wheel? Should his employer accept it? Part of the schools responsibility is life lessons as well. Again I say…is it a good thing that some little kid hit his eye? No. Did the school or police do the wrong thing? Very clearly, that answer is no.

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  • 2minutes

    Ahh, t, nice use of semantics; but while you downplay this injury as “slight”, I would like to remind you that cops kill people for just thinking that they MIGHT receive an injury such as this, being in fear for their life and all. It seems like everything causes cops to fear for their life, even though they are not even in the top 10 most dangerous professions; however, I can see how they come to that conclusion, given how you present this child as such a threat.

    I find it funny that you complain about the copblock mentality of “only my rights matter”, when that is the very mentality on the part of the police that is at issue in many cases. So often, if a citizen (not law enforcement) had engaged in the activities that a police officer engaged in, that citizen would be facing charges, if not killed outright. Look at John Adams, killed when his home was raided by officers in a wrong home raid (surprise! it happened again – can’t cops read? why can’t they get their directions right?). Did Mr Adams not have rights? Did the cops right to break into his home by mistake supersede his right to right to be secure in his home (pretty sure that’s a constitutional one right there..) Well, it seems, as usual, that the cops right to kill Mr. Adams overrode his right to be safe from harm. But its o.k., because it’s those boys in blue who are there to protect and serve who did the killing; they have that right, apparently. You see, every once in awhile the police feel the need to sacrifice an innocent on the alter of public good; that’s their right. Because that one life doesn’t matter, only the cops matter.

    Now imagine if a non-officer broke into someone’s home and killed them. Would the police then say that its a tragic mistake, but policy was followed; or some other, similar excuse? No, now we have a murderer that need to be brought to justice. So, not only are the police more concerned with their own ‘rights’ (like to ‘right’ to ignore speed limits or the ‘right’ to fix tickets), but they reserve
    special rights for themselves, like to ‘right’ to murder an innocent
    homeowner. Should we allow this kind of behavior? You claim that there are consequences for one’s actions, but very rarely are there for the police. You have mentioned that most of the officer’s that you work with have a college degree; did the schools that they attended not teach that valuable lesson? Or do the cops have more ‘rights’ that the rest of us?

    And you call this child a risk? Pots and Kettles….

  • Common Sense

    WASHINGTON — An Army major who said he was forced to drink excessively during a hazing party was sentenced Wednesday to 30 days in confinement for drunk and disorderly conduct, but cleared of sexually assaulting a colleague.

    Maj. Christopher Garbarino, a 36-year-old soldier with three Bronze Stars, will forfeit his pay for the next six months and receive a letter of reprimand, according to officials at Fort Carson, Colo. But he will be allowed to continue his military career.

    Garbarino had been accused of rowdy and embarrassing behavior during the off-duty party in March, including allegations that he groped a female colleague and fought with other officers.

    Garbarino’s attorneys argued that his battalion commander pressured him to binge drink, as part of a fraternity-style initiation designed to build camaraderie.

    The party took place in March, with soldiers from Fort Carson’s 4th Battalion, 42nd Field Artillery Regiment. In pre-trial testimony to investigators, battalion commander Lt. Col. David Chiarenza acknowledged he had founded a “Straight Arrows Association” to socially welcome new officers and give the others a chance to interact in a relaxed atmosphere.

    Officers in the battalion told court officials that attendance and consumption at parties was an unofficial requirement. A flyer sent around for the March event called for each company to supply at least two bottles of liquor and said the party would last “until liver failure.” Organizers used a log book to track attendance.

    Garbarino’s attorney said he was pressured to drink “grog” — a mixture of vodka, rum, whiskey, Diet Coke and hot sauce — and was so drunk he blacked out near the end of the party. He has little memory of any of the events of the evening.

    The 15-year soldier could have faced dismissal from the service and up to five years in prison for the sexual assault charges. The six-month salary forfeiture will cost him almost $28,000 in pre-tax pay.

    No charges have been brought against the organizers of the party. A base spokeswoman would not say whether any investigation into Chiarenza or other senior leaders is under way.

    …drunk, faced sexual assault charge, but only 30 days and keeps his job. Go Army!

  • leslie
  • Yankee Fan

    Lost 6 months pay, will never see the rank of general with that letter and was cleared of all charges…atleast he was held accountable. Thank you for linking a story of a military officer that screwed himself.

  • Yankee Fan

    Lost 6 months pay, will never see the rank of general with that letter and was cleared of the sexual misconduct charges…atleast he was held accountable. Thank you for linking a story of a military officer that screwed himself.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2167577/German-Bosque-Policeman-fired-60-000-job-despite-repeat-offences.html

    The story speaks for it’s self….I’m sure the 41 internal investigations last year as the story says are all bullshit and it really is a witch hunt as all “good” officers have that many on a yearly basis!

  • Yankee Fan

    P.S….GO BOYS AND GIRLS IN BLUE!!

  • The_Lakewood_4_Are_Burning_In_Hell

    Liberals like Common hate the military. Funny part is he keeps linking to troops found guilty of offenses and punished. I do not always agree with the level of punishment (needs to be more harsh), but the fact that they even face punishment makes them much more acountable than cops.

  • Common Sense

    Poor Lakewood, you just don’t like it do you…

  • t.

    @2: Wow, talk about semantics..doctor heal thy self.

    About the Adams case. Not familiar with what you are talking about. But… There is no similarity between a police search warrant (wrong house or right house) and a criminal breaking in with intent to commit wrong. The difference is that intent. MENS REA. The police don’t have it. Simple. The police clearly announce their presence and why they are there. It is evident as to why they are there. The criminal sneaks in, trying to conceal his presence.

    And you fail to see that officers that do it wrong are held accountable all the time. Just read this site. Now a serious conflict arises when you THINK something was done wrong by the police and they aren’t then held accountable. Just because you don’t like it, or find it unpalatable, doesn’t mean its wrong. This incident is a pretty cleat example. You find it distasteful that this child had a slight injury during this incident. While I certainly never want him, or anyone to get hurt, I am honest enough to know that injuries will and do occur. While this kid is classified as “autistic” to some degree, he still knows right from wrong. He’s not retarded. And he clearly presents a threat to the other children and teachers…especially if youwant to take the stance that he is severally autistic and ccan’t control himself.

  • CryBaby

    School “Officials” what’s up with that? Call them school employees. WHAT CONSITUTIES OFFIALS. I am so sick and tired of the authoritative words that mean nothing! Officials, Officials, Officials,…..

  • 2minutes

    @t
    Oh, I’m just fine, thanks, no need for healing. Now, about the Adams case; yes, there is a similarity between the police breaking into the wrong house and killing an innocent person and a criminal doing the same thing, in both cases an innocent person is dead. It’s actually worse when the police do it because they are there to “protect and serve. Yeah, right. Themselves, mostly. But according to you, it’s o.k. when the police do it, because they have no MENS REA (although I believe ignorance of the law is no excuse? If you are ignorant of the law, then you also have no MENS REA, but that doesn’t seem to matter – look at the people charged with manslaughter as the result of an accident – they did not intend to have the accident, but, it did not matter. Still charged. I remember the case of the pharmacy technician charged with manslaughter for loading the wrong medicine in a machine that a nurse then administered to an infant, which killed the infant – did she intend to kill the baby? Definitely not, but she still got charged. So, MENS REA is a convenient excuse when the cops want to get away with something, but goes out the window when the general public makes a mistake. Funny how that works. Is it your stance that because they have a warrant, any warrant for any address apparently, that they can just kill the occupant of any home they choose? Just because they have a warrant does not mean they have a license to kill; OO7 is fiction, something that these trigger-happy officers don’t seem to understand.

    Police are held accountable all the time? When and where? Unless, of course, you mean those vacations they are given for their behavior (and we wonder why it happens so often, if I could get a vacation every time I did something wrong at work, I’d be their worst employee)? Or the slap on the wrist sentences cops get for the more serious crimes? hell, we see it repeatedly, in incident after incident, where an officer does something wrong and walks away with little to no punishment. Do something right, however, like officer Tasca, and you get fired. So, you guys have an incentive to do the wrong thing. And little to no punishment. Plus, a potential vacation in the offering. I guess we should be surprised that there is not more police killings and malfeasance occurring than there is.

    By the way, there is a nice graph on the defunct injustice everywhere
    site outlining the punishments received by police officers and non-officers for the same crime over some years period of time. It’s illuminating. It appears that officers, on average, receive much more lenient punishment for (the same) crimes as compared to non-officers. Much less. I guess this is your idea of being held accountable? To the rest of us, it looks like more of the same crap.

    Oh, and by the way, the police do not always announce their presence; there are a number of videos out there documenting that even after the police claimed that they did.

  • 2minutes

    @t
    Oh, yeah, I forgot: again with the “slight” injury – I ask you this:
    if an officer received this same injury from someone, would they brush it off as a “slight” injury of would they then arrest and charge that person with assaulting an officer? We all know the answer to that one; funny how it changes so much when a cop is the victim of even a “slight” injury.

  • 2minutes

    “There is no similarity between a police search warrant (wrong house or right house) and a criminal breaking in with intent to commit wrong.”

    This. Right here. This is the problem.

    If the police break into a home with a search warrant for another location, not the one they break into, they have committed a crime no matter how you want to downplay it. They had no legal right to break into that home; the warrant that have is not for that domicile; and does not grant them any right of access. None. I do not care if they announce themselves or not, they have NO right or purpose in being there. The homeowner does not have to allow then access, nor should he or she be forced to endure their presence. At all. Without a proper warrant, the entire action is criminal. BUT, because its the police, who are answerable to the police, nothing is done.
    With the stakes this high, these kind of errors should not happen, ever. But, they continue to happen, and will continue to happen, because the police are not held responsible for their actions. Its always a ‘tragic accident’ and being reviewed internally. Which really means ‘oh, well, we screwed up again, but since an officer didn’t get hurt, it’s o.k. Because, as you know, officer safety is of paramount importance – so much so that officers are routinely sacrificing the very people they are supposed to protect (as in ‘protect and serve’, get it?) on the alter of fear. Fear of everything; chained dogs, innocent homeowners, fleeing suspects (innocent or not) protestors, you name it. Again I ask: how does an officer protect anyone when he is so afraid? The answer is that he cannot; he has become as much a danger to the public as the criminal he is supposed to defend us from. And really, if those officers cannot even read the address properly, and correctly verify that they have the right one before assaulting and/or murdering the occupants, then maybe its time to institute some new requirements in the hiring policy – perhaps, instead of denying the jobs to the intellectually advantaged, we should consider minimum standards of intellectual capacity for the law-enforcement crowd, as well as in-depth psychological evaluations. It seems to be sorely needed.

  • cliff

    The IEP was apparently not followed and the mother should ask a judge to hold the school district responsible for her child’s injuries and the cost of having him placed in private school.

  • g r

    My youngest and I witness police assault.Youngest screamed for him to stop. Cop bent down and said. I can do what I want !

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  • http://www.policemisconduct.net Glenn

    Ah, you gotta love the logic of “Common Sense”. “Hey, if army can kill innocent people, so can the cops!” Glorious, isn’t it?

    I still can not tell if this common sense guy is a paid shill of the Fraternal Order of Police mafia, or a CopBlock insider trying to play Devil’s Advocate.

    Either way, he is the funniest part of this whole website. More, please!

  • http://Idon'thidebehindafakename Jen Flower

    “Children like this should be put down”???
    “HOW autistic is he?”
    These are some of the above comments & questions.. REALLY?
    As to the “put the kids down” comment, PEOPLE LIKE YOU SPREAD HATE AND ARE OBVIOUSLY DELIGHTFULLY UNINFORMED. Big balls & mouth behind your screen, huh?!? Asshole!
    & to the question: HOW autistic is he?

    ANOTHER example of WHY awareness is so important. That isn’t the question, & I’m not here to give an autism lesson – that’s your job, as a supposed concerned citizen – to get informed BEFORE opening your asinine mouth & letting the diarrhea that obviously fills your brain just fall out of your face.

    Sickened. And done with idiots. MY 9 YEAR SON IS AUTISTIC. Should he be put down, asshole? I’d love to see you, ya big mouthed moron, in person – I bet ya don’t speak a word cause THAT would take balls.
    My son must be in a great public school .. they know how to handle situations, & they are helping my son flourish and grow. I am so proud. & lucky.
    How autisitic is he? Well, that does not equate. Luckily the school here knows how to deal with meltdowns – I feel so sad for this boy’s ordeal, and the damage it has done to him by the hands of adults who are supposed to be caring, helpful, and TRAINED PROPERLY.

    INFORM YOURSELVES OR SHUT YOUR DISGUSTING MOUTHS.

  • James

    Has anyone tried figuring out what is seriously going wrong in these kids bodies, and minds to have sometimes daily outbursts like this? It seems like nobody has feelings or cares about the children anymore. If the kid could control his body he wouldn’t want to be like this. It is not a normal child tantrum the most severe cases of autism are functioning at one year old level, and still in diapers as adults. If a parent did this to their child they would have the child taken away, and thrown in jail. Why do people not think this is wrong just because this man is a police officer. I think people who become cops are mostly control freaks, and don’t care about anyone. He is going to get mad about a child hitting him this is how children get abused. I believe a lot of times these kids are in pain, and maybe acting out is their only way of trying to get rid of the pain.

  • Christine Perry

    Hi there. We have an 8 year old boy who was arrested after a meltdown and threats to kill 3 boys after they acccused him of budging in the lunch line. Cops took him to crisis center in county and privately asked him questions (he’s autistic as well and not competent enough to understand what he was being asked nor what was going on).

    We have had to hire a private attorney as the public defender wanted us to sign a consent decree which looked like our 8 yr old was a criminal and we were the responsible negligent parents. I was horrified.

    We have moved from school to school, then finally this last year to try a new school district. He is such a wonderful little boy at home, but at school – something happens – we are not allowed to observe – but did have a recent meeting where the teacher was forcing him to “look at me” – geez – instant meltdown and head for the door.

    The schools just do not get it. I have massive documentation and diagnoses from a neurologist who specializes in child behavioral disorders.

    The school denies the fact that my 8 yr old is autistic and expects him to follow the same rules and be treated the same way as normal children.

    I am home schooling right now as I already have enough police involvment.

    They are asking for community service, announced and unannounced home visits, parenting counseling, day treatment (for mentally disturbed children), big brother mentor ???, etc etc.

    Geez, his only problem is getting the so very needed services in the school – it ain’t happening – but we are looking to going to court and have no clue how this will turn out :(

  • Kiko4564

    If I were the parent; I’d manhunt the officer and make a citizen’s arrest at gunpoint. Only way of getting justice these days; no one respects the law.

  • xizziz

    Hey, amazing – the same thing happened to us, only our boy is 8 years old, he had a meltdown, he was restrained by officer and taken to jail, fingerprinted, then referred to the court as a juvenile delinquent in Waushara County (don’t move there as the entire county is corrupt!!!) He was forced into the court system – our hired lawyer was a waste of money, so we moved him to a different county which did have services and were willing to actually help him and not call police!!! Police need to be psychologically tested before ever being put in a uniform!

  • Sheep O’Doom

    Typical school response “we are answerable to NO ONE but ourselves”. Whenever a school does something wrong they hide behind privacy. Same with Companies Cops & everything we invest taxes in.

  • Sheep O’Doom

    and you would be shot dead…

  • Sheep O’Doom

    Sad that Disabled children no longer get the help they need. It sounds like we have gone back to the early 70’s. My old school district didn’t have ANYTHING for me till 1979 Now every school in the district has a Resource center a School councilor & now a State social worker.& they have an alternative High school for special needs kids.

  • Sheep O’Doom

    He’s right He CAN do whatever he wanted even kill the kid & no one will ever question him. Even Internal Affairs has become something you only see on cop shows.