How Can This Happen?

Portland police recently beat up an autistic 15-year-old boy whom they've taken to be a drug addict. Why isn't there some sort of a technology in place that can prevent such horrible incidents from happenings?
Olga Kharif

I live in Portland, Ore., and we'd just had a horrible happening here: Some police officers fired shots and beat up a 15-year-old autistic boy whom they took to be an adult under the influence of drugs and alcohol. The boy was walking along shirtless. He was carrying a stick. Because he is autistic, he wouldn't reply or respond to officers' questions or commands.

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