Police are dangerous for those on the autistic spectrum

Police do not understand autism and will readily interpret our unusual actions as criminal wherever possible, especially if they think they can make a financial benefit from doing so.

I am keen to try and help educate the police and legal system and look for opportunities

Birmingham tried to do something useful a few years ago but it never got progressed https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/download/downloads/id/557/adults_with_autism_and_the_criminal_justice_system_november_2012.pdf

Parents
  • I believe that the problem is threefold

    1. The police have targets to meet.  So arresting and charging a vulnerable person who is easy to misunderstand,  makes them an easy soft target.
    2. Ignorance and prejudice towards autistics.  Some people regard them as dangerous,  suicidal, and unpredictable psychos. 
    3. It's now fashionable to solve Internet crime.  If one makes threats over the Internet,  it is taken very seriously and there is concrete proof of what was written and an electronic record of the computer and users etc.   If one makes the same threats or comment face to face, to someone, then it's one person's word against another and the police tend to ignore these unsolvable crimes which have no proof.
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  • I believe that the problem is threefold

    1. The police have targets to meet.  So arresting and charging a vulnerable person who is easy to misunderstand,  makes them an easy soft target.
    2. Ignorance and prejudice towards autistics.  Some people regard them as dangerous,  suicidal, and unpredictable psychos. 
    3. It's now fashionable to solve Internet crime.  If one makes threats over the Internet,  it is taken very seriously and there is concrete proof of what was written and an electronic record of the computer and users etc.   If one makes the same threats or comment face to face, to someone, then it's one person's word against another and the police tend to ignore these unsolvable crimes which have no proof.
Children
  • Good points. I think the police focus on internet stuff and in my case made a scam trap look genuine. I found the police were not honest 

  • You are spot on right with all 3 points. I got a criminal record for online harassment of someone who would not leave me alone. Not to sound like a reverse victim but in my case I was taken advantage of by someone who wouldn't leave me alone by demonstrating a range of behaviours which resulted in me retaliating by annoying them back online. My lawyer said that my crime was being a nuisance to her and those around her, but nowadays this is classified as criminal.

    I made a counter complaint demonstrating what the "victim" had done to me and it was all ignored and covered up by the police. I was an easy target to be prosecuted for online harassment due to not knowing that what once was a two way street had been all twisted against me. As you may know one part of autism is a lack of empathy and for my incident being purely over the internet it was even harder for me to even realise I had upset the person who was annoying me for years. The police got an easy conviction out of me. Had they acted in the interest of true justice, they would have looked stupid and lost money to have spent so much prosecuting me only to find out that we were both as bad as each other.

    I wanted to put forward a defence that explained all of my charges with logical reasoning but my lawyer said that it was risky to face witnesses in court who could lie, and that the best option for me was to admit guilt to some things including more which I had not even done just because the prosecution offered a plea bargain. The police are not the only ones in the wrong here it is politicians policy which filters down to the prosecution, court and police level and like you mentioned in point 3, this is one way of showing the public tha they are dealing with the countries problems rather than stopping real crimes like people being robbed, attacked, property vandalised etc.

    I was left feeling suicidal for 2.5 years because of this, being arrested and put in a cell for a whole day, having all my computers taken from my home, having my name in the papers as a stalker, attending court at least 10 times, not knowing if I was going to jail for all that time, having to pay a lawyer £192 per hour until I left my job and got legal aid. I recently graduated with a masters degree in engineering but since this case I have not worked a day since and don't plan to again, no one will employ me and I will never progress, I will never pay my £30k student loan back to the public. I have been claiming benefits ever since. No wonder the economy is in a bad state when someone being offended online takes precedency over someone that could have contributed to the country.