A mother from Greenville, South
Carolina, has lodged a complaint owing to excessive force on her adult son
affected by autism. He was arrested on Christmas Eve and a Taser was used on
him. According to the Greenville police, they were taking action and responding
to reports of gunshots in Sullivan Street on Wednesday night. They had spotted
Tario Anderson, 34-years on the street. He was asked to stop but, he didn't
stop and ran away from the officers.
The Police Said...
"When they put their spotlight on
him, he immediately put his head down, put his hands in his pockets and began
to walk away from him," Bragg said. "They then got out of the vehicle and
approached him and ordered him to stop at which point he did flee from the
officers and they pursued him."
"From what he did, he did break the
law so in any case like that, we do go ahead and arrest them and make the
charges and we're not deemed certified to declare anyone as mentally ill or
with a disease or anything like that so we don't technically know if he is,"
Tario's Mother Said...
Tario's mother says that he is
affected by severe autism and cannot understand much. He ran away due to scare
of gunshots and the police. He also does not understand much. So, his mother
says that he need not have been arrested. The use of Taser could also have been
avoided as it shocked him. Tario's family has been living in this particular
street their whole life and Tario walks the street during nights to visit his
The police failed in realising that
Tario has severe autism. After he was arrested, he was taken to a detention
center. He was charged having interfered with police work and that he resisted
arrest. He was actually guilty of nothing other than having walked when it was