Via this link you can view and sign the Stephon Watts Law to help ensure first responders are trained to deal with someone in a crisis
Attention All Concerned Citizens,
It is not over! It is time to stand up, stand out, and stand firm! Meet Bishop Lance Davis and the Watts family for a praise party and prayer walk from the home of Stephon Watts to the Calumet City Police Department.
Stephon Watts was a 16 year old, autistic youth, who was gunned down by the Calumet City Police on Feb. 2, 2012.
Join us as we pray for our youth and praise God for victory
Where: The Watts Family Home
541 Forsythe Ave.
Calumet City, IL
When: Sat. Sept 22nd
NO MORE: WE DEMAND AN END TO POLICE VIOLENCE A RALLY TO CONFRONT POLICE VIOLENCE AND MURDER
Daley Plaza 50 W. Washington St 12pm Saturday, July 28, 2012
Police brutality has been a long-term fixture in the south and west sides of Chicago and Cook County as a whole. Almost every week, there is another name of an African-American whose life is cut short by the Chicago Police Department. In 2012, police have claimed the lives of Rekia Boyd, Stephon Watts and others. Howard Morgan, the victim of horrible police violence, has been denied justice for years.
If politicians are silent, it is up to the community to stand for justice and demand that the police be held accountable.
Join family members of police murder victims, Chicago police torture victims, and community members as we say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! We will not stand for the daily abuse and racist harassment of our brothers and sisters at the hands of police.
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It is tragic that Stephon lost his life, this has to be every parents nightmare.
Autism (including Aspergers Syndrome) is a SOCIAL COMMUNICATIONS disorder. This means that people affected by autism do not understand social rules and that autocratic means of handling them DO NOT WORK.
They also struggle to COMMUNICATE what is bothering them.
Autism is an anxiety based disorder, so if you can understand the anxiety the person with autism feels you can try to address it. You can never do that with a gun.
If Spephon had an issue with going to school it would have been because he had a negative experience that created an anxiety for him. I have known autistic kids completely refused to go to a specific school and for it to take 7 months to get them to trust another school.
Autistic people are disabled, you would not punish a blind man from tripping over something he did not see.
When an autistic person is in a state of anxiety you cannot reason with them or force them to do anything, the best approach is to back off and give them time to process things, then approach them with a friendly person they trust who can then try to address the anxiety.
With autism being diagnosed in one in 88 children, the police need to be be training about autism and how to best deal with a person who has been affected by autism.
Mostly they should not apply force or pressure because it will only make things worse, better to bring in a mediator or support person and back off.
We see these kind of injustices the world over, I can only hope that some meaning can be put to the tragic death of Stephon, perhaps if it results in greater understanding and tolerance in our society.
Anonymous said: Not a week goes by that I don't read a story similar to what happened to Stephon. One would think that after a while a person would become numb or perhaps calloused, but that hasn't seemed to happen. It is very distressing to see that despite more than a decade of autism awareness being pumped through the various media there are still so many people in positions of authority who have no clue. I am the father of an autistic son (non-verbal). I would like to know when his birthday was.
Thank you very much for your post. Stephon’s birthday was December 10th.