300-lb man put in patrol car for hitting mom, but police officer sees something different

300-lb man put in patrol car for hitting mom, but police officer sees something different

ZekeMinnesota police officer Rob Zink, whose sons have autism, understands that it might not always be the best for law enforcement to deal with autistic people the same as everyone else. The situation may be much more complicated. He decided to do something about it.

According to IJ Review,

The Star Tribune reports that about five years ago, Zink was at the scene of a domestic assault. A mother had been hit by her autistic son and had a bloody nose. Though his fellow officers had put the son in the squad car, Zink persuaded them to let him take the very worked up young man for a walk.

It took about eight blocks before the son calmed down. Eventually, they learned that the bloody nose was an accident, caused when the son, “geeked out.”

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“I understand them,” Zink said. “A regular cop is not going to understand it when someone on the spectrum doesn’t do what they are told. Lights, sirens, yelling — those things can make them go into panic mode.

Zeke took his knowledge and started the Cop Autism Response Education (CARE) Project to educate police officers about the different types of autism they may encounter among the general public. He also gives talks to families with autistic children. What an admirable man. People cannot help being born with autism, and it is truly noble of him to try and help them deal with what could otherwise be terrifying situations confronting the police.

Rachel Alexander

Rachel Alexander is the editor of Intellectual Conservative. She is a senior editor at The Stream, and is a regular contributor to Townhall, the Selous Foundation for Public Policy Research, and The Christian Post, and provides weekend news items for Right Wing News. She frequently appears on TV and news radio as a conservative commentator. She is a recovering attorney and former gun magazine editor. She previously served as a former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Arizona, corporate attorney for Go Daddy Software, and Special Assistant/Deputy County Attorney for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. As co-president of the UW Political Science Honor Society, she obtained degrees in Political Science and History from the University of Washington, followed by a law degree from Boston College and the University of Arizona. She was ranked by Right Wing News as one of the 50 Best Conservative Columnists from 2011-2017.

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