A 13-year-old boy with autism has been shot several times by two police officers who came to her home in Salt Lake City (Utah) because her mother asked for help. Her son presented a picture of “severe separation anxiety” since her mother was going to work for the first time in more than a year, according to publishes. The Guardian.
According to her mother, Golda Barton, told police: “He’s unarmed, he has nothing, he just gets angry and starts screaming and screaming ‘”, has explained. “He’s a kid, he’s trying to get attention, he doesn’t know how to regulate.”
Barton’s idea is for them to come in and relieve the tension of young Linden Cameron, the youngest of thirteen. “They are supposed to go out and be able to alleviate a situation using the least possible force,” his mother lamented. “Instead – he said- two agents entered through the front door of the house and in less than five minutes they shouted “get on the ground” before firing several shots. “
Linden Cameron is recovering in a Utah hospital, according to her mother. He has suffered injuries to his shoulder, both ankles, bowels, and bladder.
In a statement to Salt Lake Tribune, Mayor Erin Mendenhall has promised that the investigation would be swift: “Regardless of the circumstances, what happened on Friday night is a tragedy, and I hope this investigation is handled quickly and transparency for the good of all those involved ”, he said.
Neurodiverse Utah said in a statement: “The police were called because help was needed, but instead more damage was done when SLPD officers expected that a 13-year-old boy experiencing an episode of mental health will act calmer and [más] raised than adult-trained officers. “
Barton has launched a fundraising campaign to cover your child’s medical bills. You have described your little one as a typical child who loves “video games, four-wheelers, and longboarding.”