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Parents of Children with Special Needs Fear Police Misunderstandings

Phil Buck, WTSP

VIDEO INTERVIEW

TAMPA, Fla (WTSP) – Video released this week of a North Miami Police officer’s shooting a behavioral therapist while working with someone with autism sent a wave of fear throughout the special needs community.

Families across the country have had what are often difficult discussions with their kids about how to act around police in recent weeks after law enforcement shootings in Baton Rouge and Minnesota, but for people with autism and other special needs those conversations can be even more difficult.

“We, the parents of children with special needs, we’re afraid,” said Yadira Calderon, whose daughter has autism and is writing a book on helping society be more educated and accep...


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