13 year old unarmed autistic boy shot as he ran from cops from them. He was just a kid who didn’t hurt anybody running away.
A police officer in Salt Lake City shot a 13-year-old boy with an autism spectrum disorder on Friday after his mother called 911 seeking help for her son, who was experiencing a mental health crisis.
Golda Barton told CBS affiliate KUTV that she called police to request that a crisis intervention team transport her son, Linden Cameron, to a hospital for treatment as he was having a “mental breakdown.”
Barton said Linden has Asperger syndrome. She had just returned to work for the first time in nearly a year and said that her son suffers from separation anxiety.
Barton reportedly told officers that her son was unarmed, describing him as “a kid … trying to get attention, he doesn’t know how to regulate.”
She said she was told to stay put when officers arrived at her house. Within minutes, Barton said, she heard voices yelling, “Get down on the ground,” followed by several gunshots.
The chase of the boy begins at the 17 minute mark in the video.