Helena, Ohio, United States – Julie Dukett has launched a petition via change.org entitled, Autism Awareness and Special Needs Recognition training for all US Law Enforcement. Julie decided to start the petition after her nephew was tasered.
Junie states on her petition that her young nephew who has autism was tasered by two police officers because he was holding a toy gun. This happened while he was playing in his uncle’s yard.
Julie states that neighbour called the police claiming they they saw a man with a gun in their yard. Julie describes that they yelled “Hey” (instead of stop police) while chasing the boy.
“My family ran out but they had already tased him. Upon arrival they grabbed their guns, then recognized the toy and used their tasers instead shooting him in the back and neck. He went for the door scared when he saw their guns. He did not recognize them as police because they did not identify themselves clearly.”
Julie tells that the two police officers tasered him in the back and neck.
“We THANK GOD that he was not shot but this could have been avoided with even 1 day of training!”
Julie wants all law enforcement across the US to be trained in dealing with individuals on the autistic spectrum.
“Please support us in requiring training to help prevent this from happening to any other innocent kids!”
The petition can be viewed on the change.org website here
Julie has also set up a Facebook group, Justice for Special Needs, which can be found here