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The hell.

I already put this on facebook but lj and dw have not been completely forsaken for the pleasure of having one's data aggegated and sold:

Young autistic man is held in solitary for 11 days without bail for looking scary; now he is in a mental hospital being "treated" for reacting like an autistic person to traumatic change. His mom is trying to get the story out because the family needs help getting the kid back home.

What can I even add to this? [personal profile] unusualmusic has a rant very much worth reading. Myself, I keep hearing in my head the refrain, "And this will stay with you until you die." His mother reports that Neli is unable to speak at this point.

There'll be a shitstorm and somebody is going to say something very very stupid. They probably already have; I don't read comments on news stories. But someone who actually has the ear of the press is going to say something stupid. It will probably happen more than once. When they do, picture a kid sitting in the grass waiting for the library to open.

This entry was composed @Dreamwidth and can also be read at http://eriktrips.dreamwidth.org/8621.html

Feel free to comment either here or there.

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zoe_1418
Jun. 18th, 2010 09:51 pm (UTC)
How awful.

I've posted a link to the HuffPost article on FB, too.
eriktrips
Jun. 19th, 2010 12:46 am (UTC)
The story is slowly getting out. I've seen it in a number of places today.

Don't know what else to do.
widdertwin
Jun. 18th, 2010 10:39 pm (UTC)
Christ, that article. I'll re-read it over again, just in case I feel my faith in humanity ever restore.
eriktrips
Jun. 19th, 2010 12:48 am (UTC)
Well, there are lots of people making sure this gets out.

But yeah. I know what you mean. I don't know if it is possible not to abuse power. Well, I think I've seen one person do it. Maybe two.
agoraphiliac
Jun. 18th, 2010 11:50 pm (UTC)
oh shit. I don't know what to say.

I guess I find it un-surprising that a young black man could call become the object of a panic just by walking, sitting, and existing. But actually I find myself shocked by his being held for so long. Dunno why that part surprises me. Unrealistic ideas in my head from TV shows, maybe?
eriktrips
Jun. 19th, 2010 12:55 am (UTC)
I know. And it's appalling that it is not surprising that a young black man was the center of police attention just for being black.

And that if anything helps this family, it will be that he's autistic, not that he was reported for being black and therefore suspicious.

Not that we know that was why he was reported, but I think we do know it.
hrolleif
Jun. 20th, 2010 09:50 pm (UTC)
Wow, crazy. I feel bad for him.
bubblegumsleaze
Jun. 21st, 2010 12:10 am (UTC)
You have a facebook? I just made one...I'm not sure about it yet at all. Now that I've made this random useless comment I'm going to read the link you posted.
bubblegumsleaze
Jun. 21st, 2010 12:22 am (UTC)
There is absolutely nothing I can say to that other than I seriously understand exactly what he's going through, and it's no surprise at all that he was not only arrested for nothing, but is still being held for nothing.
(Anonymous)
Jun. 27th, 2010 02:53 am (UTC)
My Son Neli
Thanks for posting this story. Neli is still locked away and if I don't get this out nationally the police officers will get away with this and my son's life will be over. Here is a video account from Neli of what happened that day. Please spread the word. Thank You!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBHKQRF9eNM
(Anonymous)
Jun. 28th, 2010 10:04 pm (UTC)
How You Can Help
Send a Letter Campaign
Please copy and paste the letter below and send to all the email addresses at the bottom. They are the email addresses for major news networks whom I've sent my story to and have been ignored. There is power in numbers.

Subject : Police Brutality, Racial Profiling Autistic Young Man

I am sending this email in on behalf of a black autistic young man from Stafford County, VA who was racially profiled, beaten, jailed, placed in isolation for 11 days and is now in a mental state hospital because of the trauma that was inflicted upon him. This young man has been falsely charged with 3 felony counts of attacking an officer and will go to jail if this story goes untold. Please read his story on the website his mother set up for him. http://www.facebook.com/l/fffdbL2q2PGhVwAd3raUkmVPI2g;www.avoiceforneli.com This story deserves to be told and this type of police brutality needs to be stopped. Please take the time out to at least contact the mother and hear her side.

Here is the petition for you to pick up this story. http://www.facebook.com/l/fffdboPe8A5M-t4wlR7srwyNFlQ;www.thepetitionsite.com/1/autism-and-racial-injustice

Neli's website: http://www.facebook.com/l/fffdbMVgE4wmKdy2ZfR5Sv3jBzw;avoiceforneli.com/

Huffington Post coverage on the story.

http://www.facebook.com/l/fffdbGjI1Lth8P1sPdnzktyQwZQ;www.huffingtonpost.com/ken-reibel/racial-harassment-alleged_b_621256.html#comments

http://www.facebook.com/l/fffdbTsxvh0ZnCQpHlUQuE3Idqw;www.huffingtonpost.com/ken-reibel/teen-with-aspergers-arres_b_610530.html#comments

Please watch these videos.

http://www.facebook.com/l/fffdbe1kLmQ9BTZJcNOyVK138ew;www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEXVuQKVIjM

http://www.facebook.com/l/fffdbJgFvpZCeHN5E0Xg-rF4Qxw;www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBHKQRF9eNM

Thank you for your time and attention.

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