Cops Mistakenly Taser Severely Autistic Man On Christmas Eve, Then Charge Him With Resisting Arrest (VIDEO)

A South Carolina City Police Department stands accused of tasering a severely autistic man as he attempted to visit relatives and neighbors on his street this Christmas Eve.

Officers were in the area, responding to reports of gunshots, when they saw the man walking on Sullivan St. towards Augusta St.  According to the Greenville City Police Department, 34-year-old Tario Anderson wouldn’t listen to them when they asked him to stop three times and ran from from their officers.

“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,” Officer Johnathan Bragg with Greenville Police 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.”

Police then used a Taser to down 6 foot 8 inch Anderson.

What they failed to appreciate was that Anderson has severe autism.  Now, no one expects police to be psychic, but it is fair for us to expect them to be responsive as the facts on the ground become clear.

His mother, Carolyn Anderson, says Tario does not understand much and did not need to be arrested or shocked with a Taser.

“Tario can say yes or no, he might ask for a thing or two, but just verbal, no,” she said.

According to Carolyn, her family has lived on Sullivan St. her whole life and Tario is often found walking the street, checking in on relatives along the street at night. Neighbors were horrified when they saw Tario shocked with the Taser, and called for his mother to come outside, but officers would not let her near her son.

“If you had seen my baby was out there, laying on that sidewalk and every time he reached for me, I reached for him- [they’d say] “Get back, we gonna Tase you”,” she said. “I was trying to make them take me to jail. I curse everything, ‘Take me! I’m the one causing trouble! Take me. He’s not doing nothing.’ No matter what I said, it didn’t make no difference to them.”

Everything wrong with the police approach can be evidenced in their own testimony:

“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,” Bragg said.

No critical thinking, no assessment of the suspect or the situation, no remorse.

And it gets worse.  After the arrest, the traumatized Tario Anderson was taken to a detention center, where he was charged with interfering with police work and resisting arrest.  His mother said this is the first time Tario has been arrested and he still does not understand what he did – which is fair, considering in any sane assessment, he is guilty of nothing other than walking while black.

“Interfering? Resisting? It’s against the law to take off running? I still don’t understand. I really don’t,” she said. “I say if you hear gunshots, are you going to stand there and wait to see if the bullet hit you or are you getting out the way?”