A 13-year-old autistic boy, Linden Cameron, was shot several times by police in Glendale, Utah, on Sept. 4.
The boy’s mother, Golda Barton, said her now-hospitalized son suffered injuries to his shoulder, both ankles, intestines, and bladder.
Barton told KUTV that she called the police and asked for a crisis intervention team (CIT) because Linden, who has Asperger’s, was having a mental breakdown:
I said, he’s unarmed, he doesn’t have anything, he just gets mad and he starts yelling and screaming. He’s a kid he’s trying to get attention, he doesn’t know how to regulate.
Barton said she heard the police yell “get down on the ground” and fire several gunshots in less than five minutes after they arrived.
Barton recalled that one police officer, who was stunned by the shooting and subsequent handcuffing of the boy, asked the other cops: “He’s just a child, what are you doing?”
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