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AZ: Buckeye Police create registry program for individuals with autism, other disabilities


The Buckeye Police Department has launched a registry and identification program for individuals with autism and other conditions after a city officer mistook an autistic teen for a drug user earlier this year.

Buckeye officials said the voluntary program will help officers better manage calls and interactions. But experts and civil rights leaders worry about its implementation.

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  1. David

    By all means, Registries for everyone! That’s really the best thing, don’t you think? That everyone should be on some government registry for some reason. It’s really just for everyone’s own protection after all.
    *All sarcasm fully intended!*

  2. Bill

    Another stepping stone for big brother to get all of us to wear a mark, wich ironically in the Bible in the book of Revelations about the mark of the beast, people this world is getting closer to just that.

  3. TS

    Do you make all the elderly and older people wear them due to potential Dementia or other issues that they may suffer as they get older? Do you label the entire community of Buckeye since it is a retirement community? What about the surrounding communities?

    You want to talk about people with mental health or development issues having a stigma in today’s society? Do they not think that this will help lead to bullying in school situations if they have a colored wristband?

    Passports, drivers license, and now wristbands. Why don’t we just all wear a certain things so everybody is identifiable by it?

    Their lack of training should not constitute the public’s having to help them with their lack of training by being part of the solution.

  4. Registry Rage

    “I think a better solution would be to have special wristbands for officers who engage in excessive use of force so the public knows who they are dealing with.”

    Or we can just assume that all cops are a legitimate safety threat to human life.

    Works for me.

  5. Registry Rage

    “He says 90 percent of the offenders know their victim.”

    He’s making our case for us. That stat helps us, not him. Typical Fundie fear/hate mongering idiot.

  6. C

    Some cops are just too stupid, jaded and/or calloused to take the time to determine if a suspect is high or having a medical emergency, or suffers a condition, choosing instead the taste or gun over logic and reason.
    These cops, of course, probably should not be cops.

    On and somewhat related note, as I spend Thanksgiving weekend in AZ
    w/ family, I was very disappointed that a particular local attraction actually requires a background check for all guests. What a let down and, I hope, not a trend I for other entertainment venues.

    • AJ

      “Connor putting his hand up to his face, giving him reasonable suspicion to handcuff and detain the boy.”
      Sharp-eyed LEO…everyone knows this is the international sign of drug usage…or yawning…or coughing…

      I’m sure the LEO would have taken the time to get check a registry once he had this “offender” nabbed. Any registry would be rendered useless by the time it’s consulted! The harm to the autistic individual, the struggle, the handcuffing, would already all have taken place. And if LEO already assumes drug use, who thinks they would even bother to check any registry? They’ll haul in, let the person “dry out,” and then find out what @sses they’ve made of themselves–and even then, Chief LEO will say they did a good arrest.

      So let’s see, we have sex offender, animal abuser, DWI, drug, and now disability registries. Ahh, gotta love the land of the free. But hey, if is saves just one child (void if said child is autistic).

      • The Unforgiven

        At the end of the day, how many children should we sacrifice to save “just one child”?

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