An Autistic child is shown injured after being shot by law enforcement. Video, images and interviews include injured child and traumatized parent.
Here at Fierce Autistics and Allies, we condemn the shooting of 13 year old Linden Cameron. His mother called the police in Gendale, Utah for help because he was running away from home. She was under the impression they would help deescalate him with a little force as possible.
This is not what happened. Less than 5 minutes upon arriving on the scene, the police had shot this 13 year old boy. There is no possible way they could have deescalated the situation in 5 minutes. “He was running from police because he was scared.” His mother specifically asked for a crisis intervention team to help deescalate her son to keep him safe. She was trying to bring him to the hospital for psychiatric treatment. […]