This has the feel for one of those made up deals, but real or not, this is something that as a parent of a child with Asperger's I worry about. Particularly as I've discussed here that Ricky has a hard time keeping his mouth quiet when he should. We've not opened the door on driving with Ricky because we just don't feel like it's time yet. But this is just the sort of thing that I worry about happening, regardless of his age.
Teen's autism mistaken for intoxication, jailed: mom
|By THE CANADIAN PRESS|
JOHN’S, N.L. — Police in Newfoundland are probing a complaint by a
mother who says her son was wrongfully jailed by officers who mistook
his autistic behaviour for intoxication.
Constabulary Insp. Barry Constantine says the 18-year-old man was
apprehended by police while he was walking Saturday night along a road
in Mount Pearl, a suburb of St. John’s.
Diane Spurrell says her
son was returning home from a video store when police approached him
and told him to get onto the sidewalk.
told the CBC that after her son told officers there was no sidewalk in
that area, they asked to smell his breath, and he resisted.
Spurrell says police did not give him a chance to explain himself and denied him an opportunity to phone her.
Constantine says the police are investigating the incident.\
The original link is here.
I agree with the sentiment of @tannersdad on his blog for pointing this out. I don't know what training police receive in this area. And I know no matter how much pleading I do with my son to not argue with someone in authority, there are just times when he can't seem to get it.