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Police to review how they interact with people with autism after non-verbal Mississauga man was tasered

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The Peel District Police Department said it was working on a situation involving people with autism after 19-year-old Abdullah Darwich, who is autistic and unable to speak, was tased by a police officer in Mississauga earlier this month. We are considering how to respond.

In its first official statement about the incident, Peel Police acknowledged that what happened had a “profound impact” on Darwich, his family and the community.

They added that a senior military leadership team met with the Darwich family last week to discuss the incident.

Details of what was discussed were not disclosed, but police said they were “evaluating how to identify and constructively engage with people with autism” in light of the incident. said.

“We are currently consulting with experts to identify ways to better serve this community through opportunities for increased collaboration and enhanced training,” they added.

Officers responded to a call on the night of November 4 that people “undressed and attempted to break into a car or home,” police said.

When they arrived, officers, who claimed police did not know Darwich’s identity and condition at the time, attempted to communicate with him, but were unsuccessful.

Police later confirmed that Darwich was arrested after officers deployed a conductive energy weapon (or taser).

He was taken to hospital for treatment and later released to his family.

Darwich’s father Majid criticized how the police handled the situation in which his son was injured and traumatized.

Majid told CP24 that he thought he was about to have a heart attack that Friday night when he saw his son lying on the ground with a bloody face.

Majid said what the police did was unacceptable. “They know nothing about autism,” he said in a Nov. 10 interview.

The incident is currently under investigation and “the whole situation is being investigated,” police said.

They also advised Majd that he could lodge a complaint with the independent police review director’s office.

In a statement Wednesday, police said they were also exploring opportunities for more timely access. Vulnerable registration and “an innovative approach to alerting officers to specific needs that individuals may have”.

Darwich is registered in the registry and “enables caregivers and/or parents of vulnerable people to submit important information to be used by emergency services during crisis situations.” Among the information asked is a photo of the individual and “how to approach if found”.

But while police had previously said the register was “valid” only if they were alerted to someone’s presence, “that was not the case” in the Nov. 4 incident.

“When I came to Canada, I thought that if he ran away from my house, the police would protect him and help him,” Maid said. “I never imagined they would do what they did.”

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