A Nevada woman painted a large message to police in order to protect her autistic son – “Autistic Man Lives Here Cops No Excuse,” it reads.
Judy McKim decided to paint the notification after she says police assaulted her son, Zachary, at a time when significant scrutiny is placed on officers in the US, whom many believe are ill-equipped in de-escalation tactics when interacting with people with psychological disorders.
In bold, black letters Ms Mckim painted the warning on her home, along with a number of signs describing her son as “black autistic man with a full beard”.
“I wanted to make sure that they knew everything. That he is still in diapers, doesn’t understand words, doesn’t understand what a gun is,” she told a local ABC affiliate. “He’s autistic, he doesn’t know what’s happening. He doesn’t know what police is!”