Mom Puts Cops on Public Notice: Do NOT Shoot My Autistic Son

Amanda Froelich | True Activist

To ensure cops have ‘no excuse’ when it comes to her very autistic 28-year-old son, this woman wrote a message on her garage door.

It’s an accepted fact that if police in the United States underwent training programs like officers in Norway do, individuals like Alton Sterling and Philando Castile would still be alive. As it is, few officers know how to de-escalate situations rather than react out of fear, and that’s a frightening prospect for all – especially individuals belonging to ethnic minorities and those with special needs.

Aware of this dire reality, the mom of an extremely autistic 28-year-old man recently took matters into her own hands to ensure cops don’t shoot – or kill – her son.

A couple of weeks ago, 28-year-old Zachary was almost killed by cops when he went into a “rage” after neighbors called the cops because they were concerned. When the officers arrived at the home outside of Las Vegas, they attempted to restrain him by kneeling on his chest, despite protests by his adoptive mom, Judy McKim.

At one point, an officer reached for his gun because Zach was “fighting for his life.”

After the situation calmed down, Zachary was taken to a hospital and held there for two days. While no charges were filed against him, the incident frightened Judy. Furthermore, the officers never wrote in their report that they touched Zachary.


Desperate, Judy decided it was up to her to protect Zach, who has the brain function of a toddler. He doesn’t understand what cops are, doesn’t know what a gun is, and still lives in diapers. To ‘spell it out’ for police, she painted the following on her garage door:

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Filming Cops was started in 2010 as a conglomerative blogging service documenting police abuse. The aim isn’t to demonize the natural concept of security provision as such, but to highlight specific cases of State-monopolized police brutality that are otherwise ignored by traditional media outlets.

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