Wednesday, August 11, 2010

New Mexico Case Prompts Police Training To Increase Awareness of Disabilities

FARMINGTON, N.M. (KRQE) - Branded with a swastika and marked with hate speech, a young man from Navajo escaped his accused captors and walked to a Farmington convenience store for help back in April. But when officers arrived to talk to him there was some confusion.
"We are concerned they didn’t recognize the handicap soon enough," Deputy Chief Kyle Westall told KRQE News 13 shortly after the attack in May.
The department said at first the officers thought the victim was drunk. Eventually they realized the 22-year-old was not drunk; he was mentally challenged.
"It brought a deficiency to light in our agency," Sgt. Robert Perez said.

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