Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Teen with Autism Spectrum Disorder left brain dead

The family of an autistic teen is suing the MiamiPolice Department because they say officers used so much excessiveforce to restrain him that they left him brain dead on Tuesday.The family of Kevin Colindres had to call police on their autisticson because he had become aggressive something that had alreadyhappened before. However, family members say that the officers, whoare specially trained with the mentally ill, responded to the call byhaving three officers sit on top of Colindres until he stoppedbreathing.Colindres now lies brain dead and in a coma at Coral Gables Hospital.Melvin Colindres, his father, says their family, including hissiblings, havenýt been able to work or go to school because they havebeen by his side around the clock.The police department says they are investigating the actions of theCrisis Intervention Team, which handled the call.The police department has not made the incident report public yet.