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    I agree. The child's autism played into the situation in that it made him an easy target. But his autism is not the problem with the arrest. The problem is that it was entrapment. If an autistic kid is selling his medication and he is caught, that is drastically different from being pressured into committing the crime by police. The police were not catching crime, they were creating it.

    •  It's both... disability exacerbates entrapment n/t (5+ / 0-)

      "Happiness is the only good. The place to be happy is here. The time to be happy is now. The way to be happy is to make others so." - Robert Ingersoll

      by dackmont on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 06:48:42 PM PDT

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      •  I still don't think autism is a get out of (0+ / 0-)

        arrest free card. In THIS CASE it enabled the entrapment. That's very clear. I would hate see any autistic kid selling his popular medications because they knew they couldn't be arrested for it.

        •  Most wouldn't (1+ / 0-)
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          Do you hang out with very many people with autism?  It's just not something associated with a lot of guile.  Sure there are exceptions, but the tendency toward guile is far less than for people with more typical wiring.

          Of course nothing should be a get-out-of-jail card, but we ought to be trying to keep out kids out of jail in the first place, especially those who make mistakes that they wouldn't have made with more guidance and life-experience.

          Autism -- there's a reason it's called "pervasive developmental disorder", even if I don't care for that name.  It's all-pervading.  It affects almost everything about a person.  Autistics process information differently, not jsut social cues but sometimes basic sensations, sound and vision (this can be "Tommy" type stuff).  If ever a population deserved patience and benefit of the doubt, it's this one.  We all do, but especially people with autism spectrum disorders.  And any disability. Gotta go, my son is melting down (true, he's with mom, but daddy has the magic anti-meltdown vibe.  He's a teen now but socially about 2, even though on the high end for his age in other ways cognitively.  My worst fear is that he has a panic attack and a policeman thinks he's on PCP or something).

          He calmed down a little.

          Slack, more slack, more understanding, less strictness, let alone entrapment.

          "Happiness is the only good. The place to be happy is here. The time to be happy is now. The way to be happy is to make others so." - Robert Ingersoll

          by dackmont on Sat Mar 16, 2013 at 03:29:14 PM PDT

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