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Mom Records Autistic Son Getting Arrested (VIDEO)

An autistic boy in Florida was arrested at school. Cenk Uygur, Kim Horcher, and Brett Erlich, the hosts of The Young Turks, show you the video and tell you what happened. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

“A mother watched with horror as deputies in Florida arrested her 10-year-old son with autism at school last week for an incident she said took place last year.

Luanne Haygood filmed her son’s April 12 arrest on her cell phone, capturing him crying out in confusion as Okeechobee County Sheriff deputies handcuffed him and led him to a sheriff’s vehicle.

“I don’t know what’s going on, mama!” the little boy shouted as his mom tried to get answers from the deputies.

“He has autism. He doesn’t know what’s going on,” Haygood is heard telling the deputies.

Haygood, who spoke with CBS 12 News, said her son spent the night behind bars.

According to her, deputies arrested the child after a school resource officer identified him as having an outstanding warrant for assault ― something that Haygood is heard saying in the video that they weren’t aware of.”

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  1. If it's an arrest on a complaint rather than something he did immediately prior to being arrested in the time and place of arrest, they have to have paperwork and they have to explain. There is not excuse for them NOT producing the warrant.

  2. These cops need to be fired. They’re not allowed to arrest him without 1) telling him why he’s being arrested and 2) reading his rights.

    This is the stuff you learn in basic training.

  3. Those chickenshit scumbag pigs deserve a bullet to the brain. This would never happen to any child of mine. Never ever. Just two dead terrorists and people clapping.

  4. I have autism, and as a child (before I was diagnosed) I would have severe temper tantrums, whenever I felt overwhelmed, or misunderstood the social context – sometimes I would think people were mocking me, even when they said perfectly innocent things, because I couldn't read their body language or facial expressions, and as a result I lashed out against everyone. Especially if there were many people around me, or people I was not familiar with. Because I do not live in America I got the help I needed (although belatedly, as I was only diagnosed as an adult), but today, though I still often feel overwhelmed and have trouble leaving my home, I have my temperament under control (most of the time), and follow a strict set of (self-imposed) rules of social conduct, that help me react appropriately to my situation.

    Being autistic is like being a foreigner in your own country – you can speak the language, you can learn the culture, but you just can't quite seem get it 100% right, even when you try your hardest.

    Of course this is just my own experience, autism varies significantly between individuals, and some people need more help than others. Some (like me) can learn to adapt and process the issues we have, while some with more severe cases will need some kind of supervision.

    As to this particular case, it is my opinion that if a child misbehaves (autistic or not) the fault lies with the parent/caretaker/teacher – the child doesn't know any better (the brain isn't even fully developed until you're 25), it is the responsibility of adults to teach the children what is proper behavior (and of course children will have tantrums, that doesn't mean you've failed as a parent, but it does mean that you have to reevaluate how you are raising your child).

  5. That poor boy ;( I am just mortified that police officers would do this to a child with a disability. I also have autism, and just by watching this, it makes me wanna look away. The boy is obviously scared to death, not knowing what´s going on, and even worse, the cops refuse to let the mom do anything about it. The thing that utterly pissed me off was when the boy pleaded for the cops not to touch him, and THEY DID IT ANYWAY!? Cops think they can do whatever they want. He shows signs of autism, and they ignore it! I am disgusted by these police officers, I really am.

  6. My teachers bully me all the time one day I was in my principal's office she called me in 4 saying Georgie and she was going to suspend me for 10 days so I said I'm glad you're suspended for 10 days cuz I your school and how you run it and I told her to go f herself and she calls the cops on me I haven't been back to school in 2 years because of that my mother file a police report on her and they did nothing about it

  7. This is just pure discrimination against autistic people. He clearly said he didn't want to be touched yet the police touch him? I don't think they even have the brains to even THINK or process on what the boy desires. The boy doesn't know what's going on, the parent doesn't know what's going on, yet the police don't explain the situation. Are they simply arresting the boy just because he has a condition that makes him different from other kids? If he didn't have autism he should've been suspended OR expelled, not arrested. He assaulted the teacher because his medical condition makes his actions and words different from other kids. Should it really lead to arrest? Is it that severe of an action?

    America really needs a teaching on how to handle these types of things and so many more.

  8. My son has disabilities and the school said they had the practice for teaching children with disabilities but they lied to me so my son skipped school every day and the school didn’t care the school never called me my son had Anxiety disorder depression learning disabilities and the school decided to go to fairgrounds with animals like cows horses and my son was teased you another student in stead of punching the student he punched the baby cow and the teacher never did a thing to the other student but called the cops on my son the one with disabilities he got arrested for punching a baby cow with thick skull hurt his hands not the cow and the cops took him my son to Madison and lock them away in Mendota mental institution for punching a baby cow that has a very thick skull how stupid my son was in 3rd grade always being bullied by other students but the teachers didn’t care my son was on IEP‘s and the teacher still lied to me about having disability teachings in the schools and they didn’t this is puny Lake Mills Wisconsin I hate that schools I hate the people and I hate that town

  9. Complain about having to pay for welfare, but criminalise everything and fund the jails. Then kidnap migrant children and sneak them into the foster care system, which is funded by who? Basically paying people to take kids you don't want in the county to begin with and have those same kids cite the pledge of allegiance.

  10. I didn't know that the police in the western countries has this frame of mind .I mean the policemen consider themselves as blackguards . Though I'm from Asia but our poor police is best .love my police

  11. This is the fear I live in as my own son is autistic. This is an autistic behavior therefore they should be trained on how to deal with it but they are not.

  12. they can’t treat people differently because they would be attacked by a different community for treating them differently same way the police have always been, assault is assault no matter who he is, although kids with autism don’t know better most of the time but that doesn’t excuse him from laws. still sad tho

  13. I have honestly have lost faith in all this. please put me out of my misery. if this is how the people who are supposed to protect us act then I don't want to be here anymore. im done.

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