When we say to defund the police, many people struggle to understand what that means. Here’s an example of how redistributing Police budget to organizations who spealizes in specific crisis moments could save lives. Unfortunately this young man won’t have that opportunity.
(CNN) The parents of a 16-year-old with severe autism who died last year are suing the Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, sheriff, claiming the teen’s death was caused by deputies who restrained and sat on him for 9 minutes.
“Never did we ever think that our 16-year-old son with special needs would die in front of our eyes at his age and in the hands of law enforcement,” Donna Lou, the mother of the teen, Eric Parsa, said Thursday in a news conference.
“Unfortunately it is our reality of a nightmare that we have had to live with every day since his untimely death,” Lou said.
People need to make the connection that this tragedy is yet another reason why we need to handle specific crisis moments without police involvement and create a system to deal with specific emergencies in an appropriate manner.