Autistic Man’s ‘Acting Odd’ Lands Him In Jail

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Blake Wimberly lives in the dark, gripped by paranoia.

The 28-year-old hides inside his small Dallas apartment because of fear that police will arrest him wherever he goes.

“I see a cop right there, so that tells me that I should not be going outside not for nothing.”

Wimberly is both autistic and schizophrenic, so he struggles with self-control.

Despite his condition, Blake has progressed enough to live on his own.  But his mother, Lori Lux, says a trip to a grocery store started a downward spiral.  “I see a man who has shut down,” she said.

The incident happened on April 28 at a Whole Foods store on Park Lane.

Police reports say Blake was ‘acting odd,’ leading to customer complaints.

Officers were called, and Blake was told to get out of an unauthorized area or be arrested.  His response to officers was: “No, I have to call my mom.”

That refusal led to Wimberly’s arrest for criminal trespassing even though he wore a medical alert bracelet and told officers about his condition.

“I told them I had autism and he told me basically I was a liar.”

“I asked them repeatedly, was he violent? Did he ever threaten? No, they all told me no he was just odd,” Lux said.

She says she was in the shower when police called her that morning, but no one answered when she called back.

It was more than 12 hours later when she was able to bring Blake home from jail.  “I was mistreated in jail,” Blake said.

“They have just totally turned our lives upside down for no reason,” added Lux.

In a statement, Whole Foods defended the store’s actions, saying Blake was quote, “Running up and down the aisles and repeatedly going into areas of the store that are employee-only.”

A spokesperson says Dallas police officers made the decision alone to take Blake to jail.  Department officials did not return our calls for comment.

Since the arrest, Blake relies on his mother for trips to grocery stores, but still has a compulsion to visit them.

But the experience has made him fearful and reclusive.  “I miss being welcome into places.”

In criminal trespassing cases, DPD officers have the discretion to either issue a citation or make an arrest.  Blake’s family says they are planning to file a lawsuit over what happened.


One Comment

  1. scott says:

    shame shame dpd what has happed to the pd once were heros now you see them on youtube being fools

    1. roze says:

      So Satchmo, because YOU think that gays are “perverts” that gives the cops the right to harass them? Being “perverts” is THEIR business, as long as they are being perverts with a willing participant. God how I despise bad-cop defenders. This man should have never been arrested but instead taken home. Cops aren’t concerned about people’s welfare, their concerned with “getting a conviction” and fines.

      1. Robert Oculus III says:

        “because YOU think that gays are “perverts” that gives the cops the right to harass them?”

        Frankly, yes.

      2. UCS says:

        How exactly were they supposed to take the trespassing man home? They tried calling his mother, but she was “in the shower.”

        If he is unable to go to the grocery store without running into employee only areas, then he shouldn’t be unsupervised at all. How would you feel if your daughter was working behind the deli counter(where there are knives) and some man kept running back there? Would you THEN think the police should arrest him?

        Intellectual Honesty
        Moral Integrity
        Personal Responsibility
        Individual Determination.

    2. david7134 says:

      I lived in Dallas long enough to understand several things. First, the area in which this happened is upscale, you don’t do anything in those areas, even dress unusual. Then there is the issue of the cops, there are many areas of Dallas that are no go for the cops. So they have to have something to do and someone to bother. That leaves those that are defenseless and can’t fight back. Thus, the menatlly challenged are fair game as are the prostitutes. Basically if you are a bad guy in Dallas, you have a free ride. This is becoming the norm in the rest of the country. I know they are arresting doctors for giving 60 pills to a post op patient rather than 20 and telling them to go to the ER ($2500 min) to get more.

    3. Stephanie says:

      As a mother to a young child with autism, I can say that I worry every day about this type of scenario as my daughter becomes an adult. I wonder how my daughter will be able to understand and interact with a world that may be “different” than how she views it.

      As to Whole Foods, they did the right thing to call the police. The police however, should have contacted a medical professional and local Social Services upon bringing the young man into the station. 12 hours should not have passed before this man was released. His mother should have contacted/visited the police department once she realized her son was out of contact with her to determine what happened.

      In other words, a better plan should be in place to assist this young man in day to day interactions in his community, perhaps by visiting his favorite places and introducing himself to local vendors, and some positive behavior reinforcement/social stories to explain what is expected of him as a guest/shoppper/customer in his favorite places; where he is allowed to browse, what places are off limits, etc.

      The Dallas PD absolutely did their best, WHICH IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH in this case! They might consider autism sensitivity training, and hopefully their local chapter of the Autism Society will be happy to provide them with information to do so.

      People with autism have the right to live, work, and interact in their own community. They have the responsibility to be made aware of the social expectations necessary in public places that will keep them safe, the public safe, and enhance their enjoyment of every day life. It is up to caregivers, the individuals, and public officers/support professional to make this a reality.

  2. Iva says:

    I thik that all stores and police departments should. Have training on how to be sensitive to people with special needs. I have an 18 year old with autism and most of the people who know her know that when she has a bad day on what to do when I am not there to help calm her down.

    1. CarlieBrowne says:

      Iva, it sounds like you have taken care to make sure your daughter doesn’t find herself in situations like this man, where nobody knew him. No amount of training would help the general public not to be alarmed by this man’s disturbing behavior, and he had NO right to stay in the store.

      1. Eddy LeRoque says:

        Carlie why don’t you tell us how much you love Jesus. The police should have as a minimum a college diploma.

        Also that one phone call needs to be enforced and I don’t mean a collect call from the county lock up.

        Finally if someone has a medical tag call an ambulance.

        Dallas is trully a heartless calvinistic society where hate is preached from the pulpit.

        But then again the officers got to hang out for the rest of the day filing useless paperwork at Lew Starett where no doubt the officers mocked him. Then retired to the employee cafeteria for the coffee and donuts special, all on the taxpayers dime.

        So how much is this going to cost the taxpayer??

    2. Wilheml says:

      The general public should not have to treat these people, the general public including employees of stores and the police can not have the expertise to deal with a mentally ill person or should they. The employees of the store and police did exactly what they should have done. Humanly deal with the person, isolate them from others to prevent the mentally ill person from hurting others or themselves; if this had been done in AZ the Gov. of the state would not have been shot and others would not have been murdered.

      1. edgar hoffpauir says:

        Get your story straight, Wilheml, that was not the Gov of Az, it was a congresswoman from Tueson. The Gov is Jan Brewer and the person shot was Gabby Gifford. At the time he was not known by those at the scene to be mentally ill and who was supposed to isolate him anyway, just some bystander?.

      2. WhoDat says:

        This comment shows your stupidity! You need to check your facts on who was shot in AZ. While you are at it why dont you look up the rate that Autism is being diognosed! In less than 20 years 1 in every 100 adults will have Autism. You can have the police and the community (Whole Foods) accomidate these individuals or you can use tax payer money to pay for a personal shopper?

      3. Amazed says:

        The Gov. of AZ got shot? Police shouldn’t be trained in how to deal with disturbed people? Put down the bottle and slowly back away from it.

      4. Dan B says:

        You are uneducated on autism It IS NOT a mental illness. It IS a malfunction of the way the brain is wired so to speak. AS far as your “These people” comment I seem to remember a certain lunch counter in Montgomery Alabama where “these people ” were not allowed to eat. Take your prejudice’s and preconceived ideas and educate your self. Please.

      5. Common Sense says:

        The general public were not asked to treat this guy. As a practice the manager on duty, someone who deals with emotional and mental issues of his/her own employees, should be well practiced in creating a calming environment during this in-store crisis. No weapon, just a freaked out man, and his mother, who I’ll bet would have returned a call if a message had been left on her phone. This should also be a heads up for some social training by the mother. Who knows, it may have been the purple hair or facial piercings of the cashiers that freaked him out.

      6. chris says:

        There is no law that says you have a right to a phone call. Its a common misconception fro watching TV. Know your rights its no ones responsibility but your own

      7. 2sister says:

        He apparently wasn’t violent or deemed a violent threat by the store. Furthermore not everyone with a mental illness is violent or dangerous to themselves or others. It depends on the person, how the mental illness manifests itself, and what kind of mental illness they have. Also, his odd behavior might have been due to his autism which is a developmental disorder and not his mental illness. The article is not clear on that.

      8. 2sister says:

        Dan, he had both a mental illness and autism. The article isn’t clear, however, if his behavior was related to the mental illness, autism, or both.

      9. Peg says:

        The police absolutely SHOULD have expertise to deal with developmentally disabled people. It’s part of their job. If anyone had bothered to go up to this man and simply ask him what he needed, he probably would have told them, they could have helped him and no police intervention would have been necessary. The lack of critical thinking in this country is mind-blowing.

      10. Mr Wonderful says:

        Did you read a different article than the one I read?
        I didn’t see any reference to a deli section or knives. Or do you just assume that anyone with a developmental disability is going to do something dangerous?

    3. goatley says:

      Sorry Iva, Police have a responsibility to protect the public. They have no responsibility to Identify mental illness. They had no choice. They could arrest him or allow him do continue what he was doing. They did not arrest or abuse him. Was it a set back yes. But the behavior obviously indicates he was not as far along as his handlers thought. @Eddy, verry fiew officers have a college degree, it’s not a requirement. College educated lawenforcement generally go federal.

      1. Dad of and Autistic Son says:

        His not an animal that needs a “handler” he is part of the community. And as far as “protecting the public” part WRONG!!! it is there job to investigate and apprehend not protect. That is your job. He did not have to be arrested all they had to do was look at his Medic alert type ID and make a phone call. Problem solved.

      2. Melanie says:

        Dad of an Autistic Son,
        They did make a phone call and the mother was in the shower. The police and the store behaved responsibly. The mother and the son did not.

      3. Franny Brill says:

        He had as much right as you are I to be there. By now people (police included) should be more aware of this problem…These special people are loving and so innocent…they just like to explore and try to fit in even though it is so hard for them.

      4. UCS says:

        He has the RIGHT to run behind the deli counter with the knives and scare the hell out of the employees?

        You are being ridiculous and delusional. YES, people should be understanding, and that includes YOUR side of this issue. He was asked REPEATEDLY to come out, they tried to call his mother, what more do you want?
        Should the employees and customers have been endangered by some strange man running around where there are knives and such to make you feel better?

  3. darrell says:

    first i notice CBS pulled the video. censorship? or who are they protecting?
    i have never been there but my sister has on several occassions. when i told her of this story she wasnt surpised. she said that allthough she likes the whole foods concept that particular store had the rudest customers and employees she has ever seen at any retail outlet. she no longer shops there as a result. her opinion.
    then there is the wonderful dallas police. (cough) poor training, lack of sensitivty, horrible judgement. all of the above. either way, the decision by a few officers has given the DPD another black eye.
    he explained his conditions, wore a medical bracelet and wanted to call the only person he knew he could trust and was refused. that call could have avoided the entire situation and this would not be in the news and the DPD wouldnt again look like a rogue out of control force. most of the children in any retail outlet could be arrested for the same thing. go get those child criminals DPD.

    1. CarlieBrowne says:

      Screaming children, while annoying, do NOT cause alarm or pose the same danger as a fully-grown man racing up and down the aisles. (Side note to parents of screaming children, though: Remove them!!) And I was in Whole Foods yesterday. It was great. You really can’t generalize about a store and all its customers based on one individual store. How could all the customers be rude? Maybe your relative just prefers Twinkies to tofu.

      1. Jbmw says:

        If see screaming children running up and down the aisles, I will run them over and the parent too for doing such a poor job. If I see an adult, I will question why is he doing that? I just about killed myself in Whole Foods because of oil splilled on the floor. Employees just looked on, then away, as if they didn’t see anything. Nasty, smelly, dirty store.

    2. Fred Ogle says:

      Why is this not surprising? Perhaps because by and large the the whole concept of whole foods is to;

      Charge $6 for a $ pound of beans (apply that methodology to any item in the store)

      Fill the store with employees with the general attitude of the French

      Sit and wait for the snobby anti-anything else hipster fools come and throw away their cash in the name of feeling good.

      BTW, do you know what the difference is between the Whole Foods pound of green beans and the pound at the local Acme? A sticker and $4 per lb.

      And FWIW, moral obligation is much different than a legal one, so remember how you trumpet getting riid of the “weirdo”, when things come ’round and you’re the doddering old fool in the market who could use a little patience.

      Absolutely shameful attitudes.

  4. Arthur Villarreal says:

    As an uncle! My sister’s child.Is a Miracle. Be it Austsim,Schizoprenic,or Down Syndrome . NO MATTER THE AGE.. I feel the DPD could have done a sincere investigation! What do Tax Payer’s Pay For? Beside’s Trial’s for courption in Dallas. This make’s want to get out of Dallas. For Shame DPD!!!!.. Police Abuse…. call his MOM OR DR! He had THE Braclet? Don’t we pay to train for Better Officer’s ?

    1. Taxpayer says:

      He didn’t have “the bracelet”. He has one he made himself.

      1. JsMom says:

        And you know this because?

    2. Wilheml says:

      They did do a sincere investigation…however the investigation could NOT Have been done in the store with a nut running up and down the aisles screaming for his mother…the police and employees did the right thing…isolate the suspect and find out what is problem.

      1. NY Irish says:

        By God, you are a hateful person, WILHELM. And you are a willful liar making up details that are not in the news story, ie. screaming and calling for his mother. And he is not a “nut”, but you are both stupid and heartless. Obviously, you have no experience of having an autistic child or one with any disability. And what the hell does “a sincere investigation” mean? The young man was not violent. The police could have walked him out of the store and let him call his mother. No arrest and jail for 12 hours, a horribly traumatic experience for this young man. The world is in no danger from these gentle and innocent people. It is people like you who pollute this world with your narrow minds and mean souls.

  5. Christopher says:

    I DID Shop at Whole Foods all the time, and I cant tell you the number of ODD acting people I see there. Shame on Whole Foods for not approaching the customer first and trying to reason with him or find out what he was doing. I always thought Whole Foods was a relaxed place to shop. Well let me tell you. I have a Nephew that has been diagnosed with Autism, and at times even though he is only 5 he does display what some would deem “ODD” behavior This does not mean he is not a Brilliant child. If Whole Foods Makes People On the Spectrum feel unwelcome like this Then they have just LOST my business. I would never go anywhere that my nephew did not feel comfortable or welcome. As for the Dallas Police Department I have read so many stories of a negative nature about them in this very publication that their ignorance of people with true disabilities does not surprise me.

    1. James says:

      Whole Foods has lost my business as well.

      1. Scott says:

        What if a man you did not know was running around in your back yard “acting odd”, and then he decided to come inside your house? What would you do? Try to reason with him? Or would you call the police? Whole Foods acted properly, out of concern for the safety of their customers and their employees. If the DPD were unreasonable or acted improperly, that’s on them and not the fault of Whole Foods.

      2. mugsy says:

        what the hell did Wholefoods do wrong? I mean come on, get real.

      3. Humpy J. Brown says:

        Well, now maybe you’ll actually be able to save some money instead of paying twice what you should for your tofu.

      4. Christopher says:

        @ Scott, lets keep it real. You know as well as I do there is a difference between my back yard and a super market. Now that was just ridiculous. A super market is a Public place, and if you are going to run a business that is a Public Place then you must expect that there will be people that will display “ODD” behavior. These people especially the Autistic ones are not a danger to themselves or others.

        I find it amusing that most people making a fuss on here most probably have no one that they know or are related to that suffer from Autism or Downs which may cause the person suffering from it to behave in an ODD manner. It is easy to cast stones at people that you know nothing about or to speak disparagingly about a disease that does not concern you, but be careful what goes around comes around. One day you may be blessed with person in your family or near to you that has a disability then you will sing a different tune.

      5. Scott says:

        Right, a supermarket is a public place. And there are standards of behavior in such places, such as not allowing people to RUN up and down the aisles creating a physical danger for other shoppers, particularly elderly people and children. This was not “odd” behavior, it was dangerous behavior. Also, an “employee only” area of the supermarket is certainly NOT a public place–that alone was grounds for calling the police. Whole Foods has a responsibility for the safety of ALL the people in the store, including people with autism who are on the brink of seriously injuring themselves and others. The best thing for that man–for himself and others–was to stop running around the store. He wasn’t going to do it himself, Mom wasn’t around, and the employees can’t touch him without threat of a lawsuit or injury to themselves. You’d reason with him? I would love for you to put yourself in the shoes of the manager on duty at the time this happened and tell me–specifically–what you would have done different. Again, I am not defending the DPD, just Whole Foods.

    2. JL says:

      Acting odd like criminal tresspass, failure to leave, and endangering customers? A 28 year old running down isles IS a danger. Add to that he both suffers from paranoia, and struggles with self-control. This is much different than an 8 year old kid on too much sugar, and much more dangerous to those around him in case he lashes out. These kinds of actions could be mistaken for a person under the influence off a less than mellowing drug. Cocaine or Meth which could lead to a presumption of violent tendencies, and thus the opting to call the LE’s. Just because the article doesn’t say whether or not WF employees told the individual to leave, doesn’t mean they up and called the cops on the first complaint.

  6. Alert Bracelet??? says:

    Anyone else notice that the bracelet lacks the standard medic alert symbol? It just looks like some bracelet they had engraved. No wonder the police thought he was lying. Also, did you notice it is completely different from the one that the reporter holds up!!!

    1. Peg says:

      The medical alert bracelets are not secure enough to use with most people who have autism. Sensory issues are common and you use what you can. The point is to communicate with the public and police that there is an issue here. If someone is going to put on a bracelet that says autism just to go running down aisles in a store then obviously they have a mental disorder anyway so it doesn’t really matter.

  7. Kim Havanis says:

    @ Reality Check – just because an individual may be able to tell others they are Autistic that does not always mean they are fully able to comprehend and understand the situation they might be in or even have caused as a result of an action he or she did. Please research before you make blanket statements. I do agree that the entire story is most likely not what we are getting.

  8. Jack says:

    So society is now suppose to accept EVERYBODY’s odd behavior? Society can’t even handle a petty thing like gay marriage. Please!!!

    1. Paul says:

      You’ll just have to face the fact that society is more apt to be sympathetic to someone out of control running down grocery aisles than Adam and Steve walking down the aisle.

      1. jbmw says:

        Why can’t we just be tolerant of both?

    2. Don says:

      You are too kind. I’d kick him in the broken leg.
      Do people like “ME” know how stupid and hateful they are. Pinched little minds a

  9. rd says:

    Yes the police were wrong. Yes they went too far. But a lawsuit? They lost credibility with that. “Oh you offended me, now I’m going for money!”

    1. Mark D. says:

      Exactly, and when they don’t get anything from the DPD, then they will try to go after Whole Foods. You can guarantee that.

    2. Joe says:

      And I hope they get a lot of money from the store and the DPD.

    3. 2sister says:

      It depends on their motives for the lawsuit. I knew someone who filed a lawsuit over the death of a loved one.. Their loved one was hit and killed by a police officer who was speeding to the scene of a crime or something like that. He had no lights or sirens on. The people that I’m talking about didn’t file the lawsuit for money. They just didn’t want it to happen to someone else, and they wanted the police officer to be held accountable. I don’t remember anything about the outcome. Sometimes lawsuits are not done, because someone wants money. Sometimes they are done to get things changed.

      1. AFSGTSAM says:

        This lawsuit is all greed I am sure the parent and kid is mooching off the taxpayer already and now they are likely going to get more of our money.

      2. litgation ftw says:

        In which case, they would donate the proceeds to a charity or trust setup to help others in that position, rather than keep the money for themself!

      3. Christopher says:

        @ Air Force Sargent SAM. You are just talking off the top of your head. My Nephew has Autism, and My Brother in-law clears a 6 digit salary annually. AT NO POINT AND TIME HAS OUR FAMILY EVER ACCEPTED PUBLIC ASSISTANCE FOR THE CARE OF MY AUTISTIC NEPHEW. For you to sit there and make a statement like that shows a lack of intelligence on your part. I will tell you this though If we ever went into a Whole Foods Store and they had my nephew arrested for displaying “Odd Behavior” you can certainly bet that Lawyers would become involved. We would sue the DPD and Whole Foods even though we don’t need a dime of their money. Unfortunately the only time any organization is forced to make changes and educate their employees is when you hit them in the pocket book.

      4. Tim Bates says:

        @Sam. I hope they sue and win. I was a cop in the army. I saw things that they did that were subhuman at best. What we had were a bunch o 18-20 year old rednecks with guns. BAD IDEA! Giving bullies guns. Dumb, that’s just dumb.

      5. Peg says:

        What if she simply files a lawsuit asking the store and police for proper training?

    4. mugsy says:

      yup, so his loving, caring mother can line her pockets.

    5. Eliot says:

      Unfortunately, hitting government in the pocketbook is usually the fastest, sometimes the only, way to get changes made to the way they do things. They are far more afraid of lawsuits than they are a petition.

    6. NY Irish says:

      rd: The young man was not offended. Due to his condition he was traumatized to the point that he is afraid of police and afraid to shop for himself. You or I may at some time be offended, but we soon forget it. This young fellow has been set back in his quest to attain some semblance of independence. Maybe you have to have a child or grandchild with a disability to really understand. The NYPD would never act like these Dallas police. Also, making only one attempt to call his mom after they must have seen at the police station that he was gentle and child-like, that was really heartless and mean. In my profession I dealt with many really bad people, and a policeman with any experience can soon see the difference between the bad guys and an autistic man.
      Some of the posters are unbelievably ignorant and mean spirited. And the store manager is a wuss, for not handling it himself. The cops really blew it.

  10. Joe says:

    So now days it’s a crime to “act odd”. I hope these people take lots of money from the DPD and that food store.

    1. Rayc says:

      I am a retired cop and my wife is a special ed teacher for 30 years for profoundly autistic children. The Police should have issued a citation or desk ticket at the most. We don’t need to enrich lawyers, clog criminal courts, and give autistic people arrest records. This was a civil matter at the most not a criminal matter. I stick up for Police but they need some training on the matter.

      1. Rayc says:

        PS I would add that training for the Food Store Chain as well. Autistic people should not be institutionalized for the comfort of the general public so they don’t have to see them.. The goal now a days is main streaming and socializing them.

        It is even harder on the parents since it is 24/7 and they never get a break , and I swear it shortens their lives in the process. Again Society better get some sensitivity training with the 1 in 60 male children being classified as autistic spectrum.

      2. Oli Phaunt says:

        If you read the story he was arrested after the police asked him to leave the employee only area and he refused. They couldn’t exactly hand him a ticket and then leave him in the staff break room. Once he was at the station I would imagine he was extremely agitated at the best so just releasing him onto the street would probably not have been in his best interest at all. That leaves getting in touch with his contact person so they can come get him. Which they did. The trouble was his contact person (his mother) was unavailable so he had to wait for her to become available. Once she got out of the shower no one answered her the first time she tried calling the station and she chose to sit and wait instead of trying to call again or getting in her car and driving to the station.

  11. Hank in Ft Worth says:

    This IS Dallas PD we’re talking about. “Decent people shouldn’t live here. They’d be happier someplace else!” It’s easier to arrest you and take you to jail than deal with your autism, so find a friendlier town!

  12. 2sister says:

    It does not say that she played phone tag for twelve hours or that she didn’t leave and go to the police station when she couldn’t reach him. It says it took 12 hours before she was able to take him home.

    1. 2sister says:

      Oops. I meant couldn’t reach them ( the police).

  13. bdub77 says:

    1. Jack – as a gay man, I’m telling you, GET OF THE CROSS! you’re words have nothing to do with this story, not all of us are “odd”, which apparently, YOU ARE.

    2. Whole Foods has cameras – in both public, and in private places – if they stand by their story, lets roll the footage.

    3. @realitycheck – you’re a moron

    4. @alertbracelet – there are different medicalert bracelets out there besides the one you’re refering too. and if you look at it again – you’ll notice that the bottom half of his bracelet, is BLURRED OUT, because this is where his personal info is.

    5. until you’ve lived with a mental illness, or with someone else affected…don’t be so quick to judge. lots of people with disabilities live on their own, that doesn’t mean that they don’t need help from time to time – everyone has a bad day from time to time, even those of you who claim to be perfectly normal…. & you weren’t there, and there are always 2 sides to every story, and then there is the TRUTH!

    1. Ultros667 says:

      Are you not reading all of the posts by folks who have relatives who are autistic, work with folks with autism and still say that Whole Foods and DPD are not at fault it is the MOTHER!!!

      The man clearly is a danger to himself if he is roaming in an “employee’s only” area of the store. Whole foods is a public store, but an employee area is an employee area.

      I don’t fault the man, I fault his mother, she is obviously trying to get rich fast. I have had a personal incident at a Whole Foods store where management went out of their way to help me. So for the “Boycott Whole Foods” crowd, get real. I guarantee they have done more for people with disabilities than all the other grocery chains combined.

      1. 2sister says:

        He wasn’t exactly violent, according to the article, and so it would kind of be hard to say if he was a danger to himself. I agree that he needed to be removed from the situation, but that doesn’t mean the police handled everything correctly. Also, he apparently lived on his own. Many people with disabilities do this, but still get a little help with certain things. I don’t think we can really blame the mother without knowing exactly his situation and what kind of services or help he received from her or other organizations.

  14. Mike G says:

    He was at Whole Foods, their is something wrong with this man

  15. Leigh Anne says:

    I have worked with Autistic children for nearly 20 years. Yes, there ARE times that the authorities need to be called. When they get very excited or disoriented, they can become completely unresponsive to commands (like “This area is for employees only, please get out”) and can become a danger to themselves or others. Since I haven’t seen the footage, I can’t say if that’s the case here. Also, please don’t expect every police officer to understand every nuance of every mental condition. They are not doctors. They are there to protect the public. If this person was not cooperating, then they did the right thing by removing him from the situation. My two cents.

    1. Guest says:

      Our public school is the magnet school in the area for autism. I agree with you. Even with one on one aides some of the kids with autism still manage to physically abuse the other children. One started to punch other kids (smaller, weaker kids) on the school bus if they accidentally sat in “his” seat. Having helped out at school and seen some of the kids completely out of control and not able to follow a simple command, I can understand how scared the employees in the back room (employee only area) might have been depending on what he doing.

    2. 2sister says:

      First, autism is not a mental illness. He also has schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is a mental illness. Second, every indication is that he wasn’t violent. I agree that he needed to be removed from the situation, but it shouldn’t have taken 12 hours to realize that he was telling the truth about his autism. I also agree that they might have had to call the police, but that doesn’t mean the police handled everything correctly. It’s possible that they didn’t.

  16. 2nd Amendment says:

    this is wrong

  17. Susan Stock says:

    Watch the movie MIRACLE RUN. It’s about my friend’s identical twin boys, both Autistic, one with Tourette’s Syndrome. This film (with Mary Louise Parker, Zac Efron and a great cast) will educate the public on Autism. It helps us to recognize this “odd behavior.”
    The Miracle Run Foundation

  18. theonewhoknows says:

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  19. Cindy Dial says:

    If the man is like this then he should not be left unsupervised by his mother. But his mother doesn’t want to be bothered so lets this poor fellow “live on his own.” Whatever happens after that she blames on everyone else.

  20. tramky says:

    Yes, I love it that Whole Foods takes no responsibility for this incident. It was just the police who did it, not Whole Foods’ management at this store. What a crock. Whole Foods’ management CALLED THE :POLICE because this man was “acting odd”.

    Of course, this could also be the TSA effect–everyone is treated like a terrorist-in-waiting. We are advised by the Feds to be vigilant, to report odd behaviors to authorities, to be wary of our fellow citizens. And this can be an effect of zero-tolerance policies in our public schools, where judgement is denigrated, replaced by application of pre-set policies that can not & will not be altered by the now-brain-dead school officials.

  21. arg2015153 says:

    So, how does one act oddly at Whole Foods? Doesn’t it kind of go with the territory?

  22. Nathan says:

    I have a child with autism, too, and, honestly, I’m sick and tired of reading stories like this where people try to use their autism as a crutch to excuse bad behavior. All it does is confuse the public about what autism is. Autism is generally manifested as a difficulty in communicating with other people. It does not make you run up and down aisles and break rules by going into employee-only areas. This guy and his mother should be ashamed of themselves for confusing the public even more about a condition that is already difficult enough to understand.

    1. Mark says:

      Is there something about the word, ” schizophrenic”, that you do not understand?

    2. drcldh says:

      Nathan, I don’t know what kind of autistic child you have, but my autistic son, when he was a young boy, would run up and down the aisles without warning, and I eventually had to make different arrangements if I had to go out to run errands…I had no choice because I became a single parent through no fault of my own, and it became just me and my autistic son. if you have a child with autism then you know there are a whole lot of different behaviors that go with it and no two autistic people are alike…YOU should be ashamed for confusing the public with your ill-informed post. This is about how this young man was treated by the police – calling him a liar, etc. This is not about how he was behaving.

      1. Ronchris says:

        If the guy had not been behaving oddly, the police would never had gotten involved.

        You need to figure out cause and effect.

  23. Miguel says:

    Obviously the guy needed to be removed from the store and whether he is autistic or not is not the issue. He needs supervision and the people who failed him are his family.

  24. John says:

    He should have been left alone so long as he did not do anything to harm anyone. Maybe somebody thinks the police behaved odd. Maybe they committed a crime by violating his freedom of expression.

  25. Fanny Forbes Franklen says:

    It’s the degenerate cops that have guns that scare me. Low IQ, armed mental deficients that can act with impunity. They are the enemy, they are the sociopaths and they are the killers.

    1. AFSGTSAM says:

      Ok I expect that you will never call the policie for anything…no matter what happens to you…a car accident…break in…no police for you!

      1. Fanny Forbes Franklen says:

        When seconds count … the cops are there in minutes, hours or not at all. Typical statist, government loving sycophant. I bet you have a government job too.

    2. Humpworth J. Brown says:

      ASS FORBES FRANKLEN: And I’ll bet YOU are a welfare recipient or at best a bad waitress at Denny’s.

      1. Doc says:

        And Humpworth knows when his sister has a yeast infection because his dad’s unit tastes funny. Bring it on amateur.

  26. duh swami says:

    Obviously, he can’t live on his own…Yet he has some control and insight that he does not need to be institutionalized either…Possibly he should live in a half way house instead where they have a buddy system, so that no resident has to go into public alone, and can intercede if anything go’s wrong…I used to evaluate group homes and family care placements…A buddy system for people like this young man was a plus…

  27. Nicholas Fecteau says:

    Heh heh. And I bought you thought that Whole Foods was a happy hippy wonderland. They’re just as corporate facist as the rest of them….

  28. gooojooo says:

    Maybe you should consider suing obama, holder and big sis for creating the climate of fear and ODD BEHAVOR

  29. Common_Sense says:

    I don’t see the problem here. DPD was called in to deal with a person running up and down the aisles and accessing areas he had no business being in a place of business. Whole Foods did the right thing. So because they were told this guy was autistic, DPD was supposed to allow him to continue running wild and everyone is just supposed to understand? I don’t think so. If his bahavior in public can’t be controled and his mother is so concerned, then she should be with him. The fact that a person has a disability doesn’t give that person license to act they way they want without consequence. And of course, mom is suing. Isn’t that precious?

  30. Billy W says:

    a grown man was acting irrationally in a public place and not responding to requests/commands from police. Based on this the police acted correctly. My 12 year old Daughter looks “normal” and people are often very surprised when they find out she has Autism, but after 3 minutes of her scripting and infantile comments they realize something is amiss. We who live with this every day must have thick skins and realize the rest of the world cannot and should not always behave the way we would expect…we need to show the same compassion for their ignorance as we would hope they would show for our handicapped children. Let’s not be defined by our child’s condition, rather let’s live as productively as possible, understanding that wrinkles will occur, but we are not victims…which is a status I find many parents of Autistic Children thrive on.

  31. Cristina says:

    In addition to the Autism, it is reported that this young man has schizophrenia, one of the symptoms is paranoia. Instead of taking the young man to jail, he should have been taken to the hospital. Mental Illness affects behavior which a person may not be able to control even though they are aware that there is problem. This is the same as an epileptic who has a seizure or a diabetic who goes into a low blood sugar episode and appears drunk. It is a medical issue, not one that requires an arrest or jail time. A mental illness affects a person’s behavior and the Dallas PD, after checking for everyone’s safety, should have transported this young to the hospital.

  32. zooser says:

    A guy runs around a store and refuses to leave unauthorized areas. Autism and schizophrenia are not excuses for illegal trespassing or failing to obey law enforcement officers. Law enforcement officers are not babysitters. For all they knew, he could have been on some PCP rage. I don’t know what kind of training you people would propose, but there’s over 300 disorders in the DSM and who is going to pay for the psychology degrees for law enforcement personnel? Part of being ‘capable to live on your own’ involves appropriate behavior ie not illegal, which includes knowing when to listen to LEO’s and avoiding unauthorized areas.

  33. Radioman777 says:

    The land of the free and home of the brave has apparently been converted into the town of Lago. Instead of bothering to see if someone needs help, the cowardly, spineless citizens of Lago, or the tie-died Birkenstockers in Whole Foods, merely call the police, who then haul away those deemed inconvenient, usually after beating and tasing them. I think I read this as a theme in a sci-fi book once, but never thought it would actually come true. Boy, was I wrong!

  34. Marcel says:

    I’m sure that the prices in Whole Foods did not help Blake’s condition either.

  35. David Ivey says:

    So some grown man starts running up and down isles in a grocery store. Then he starts running into areas that are marked off as employees only. Eventually customers and store management become concerned and call the police. The grown man claims he has autism, and the police give him a chance by telling him he needs to stay out of restricted areas. They also try calling his mother who doesn’t answer. Eventually they arrest him — I DON’T BLAME THEM!

    If this man is capable of living on his own then he should no better than to run around in a store like an unsupervised child. He should also know how to interact with authority figures like store employees and the police. It doesn’t sound to me like he is capable of living on his own, and suing the police and store is absolutely ridiculous.

  36. betsp says:

    I don’t think a lawsuit will help this man deal with his disabilities. Perhaps he needs a companion when shopping. Whole Foods should be aware of autistic behavior, but it is up to the individual to control the situation. The police overreacted.

  37. AFSGTSAM says:

    The store did the correct thing…this guy was acting erratic and breaking the law…he said he had autism as we know ciriminal would never lie to the cops about things like that to get off the hook. The poliice acted properly as did the store. I hope this lawsuit goes nowhere it is a sick society we live in that we have to sue for everything costing the taxpayers even more money.

    1. 2sister says:

      He apparently had a medical alert bracelet on. In any case, it shouldn’t have taken 12 hours to figure it out.

  38. mike says:

    Why are these dangerous people allowed to walk the streets, what happens when this dangerously defective individual walks into a preschool with a knife and freaks out. if he is old enough and responsible enough to live on his own then he has no right to call mommy when the police give him orders.

  39. jay says:

    Be real

    He was the only one acting normal

  40. Justin Case says:

    A lawman’s creed.

    If the law has not been broken, if no person is a victim, if no property has been destroyed then we have not been there. Where ever there is evil we will not go. Where ever there is fear, there we have been. Where ever there is loss of life and freedom then our jobs are complete. Fear not good citizen we are here to release you of your burden of liberty.

  41. bigdaddy73 says:

    This is a horrible way to react . Why not try and calm down … slow down, and show some compassion. These situations present themselves on a regular basis. It take some common sense to handle them .. Give logic a chance first …. then think about the person inside …and what they are thinking … Good luck with your endeavors……. xxoo

  42. Cappicola says:

    Isn’t Whole Foods an uber-liberal establishment with its grandest appeal to hippies, tree-huggers and all the earth-enviro-green zealots? Where’s the “tolerance” that all of them so spectacularly brag about and berate “evil conservatives” over, ad nauseum? Seems like the real culprit here is Whole Foods’ store help for being so intolerant and blatantly insensitive toward this young man and his condition. You would do well to remember that the next time you buy your granola, carob nuts, gluten-free goodies, natural soaps, etc. The police will be the police because of their training and direction, but Whole Foods had choices.

    1. John says:

      Actually, the owner of Whole Foods is a Libertarian who has a fondness for Ronald Reagan. I often wonder if the customers knew this they would opt for Trader Joe’s :-))

      I enjoy going to Whole Foods and my 7 year old son is Autistic.

      1. Cappicola says:

        I raised the point only because so many people foolishly believe that “tolerance” and “compassion” are rooted more in political leanings and ideologies than in the actual person. Frankly, I try to take each person as he or she comes.

  43. Me says:

    There are RULES in this society and if you can’t follow them you go to jail no matter what the excuse. We can’t make an excuse for every idiot out there that is different. If you don’t like the laws (I personally don’t like 95% of the laws out there) then legally protest and CHANGE THE LAWS. Don’t blame a store or a LEO for enforcing the law!

    1. drcldh says:

      @Me…the next time you break your leg and can’t drive to your job, remind me to berate you and call you an idiot because you are unable to function normally because of a physical condition that you can’t help.

  44. Ronchris says:

    This guy should not be out unsupervised. 100 years ago he’d be the village “oddman” and his family would keep him home doing simple chores.

    How does anyone know he’s not going to grab a knife (it’s a supermarket – yes there are sharp knives for sale! ) and start cutting people?

    Why the heck does everyone have to deal with this guy’s problems?

  45. Lou says:

    Why was a 28 year old autistic schizophrenic unsupervised and acting odd in a supermarket? Why are so may people autistic today? It was rare 30 years ago, now it’s everywhere. How are we supposed to know if someone is a gay, transgendered, hermaphrodite, autistic, schizophrenic Scientologist? Why should I have to deal with people like that if all I want to do is get a gallon of milk? I’ll take care of my stuff and people, you take care of yours.

    1. AlexL says:

      You should have to deal with these people because we live in a free country and if you don’t like it order your food online and stay indoors so you won’t be in any danger of meeting people like this.

    2. John says:

      Autism was not diagnosed much “back in the day” because the understanding of the condition was not there. There are tons of functioning autistic individuals out there in your work place, ever checked out an IT, Engineering, or research department? There are also varying degrees of autism…

      Lou, it sounds like you need to immerse yourself in an “All in the Family” marathon where you can right your ship and share your disgust with society with the fictional Archie Bunker.

  46. Justice For All says:

    Whole Foods discriminated against a disabled man. They need to pay the family for damages to that man’s peace of mind. They are large chain and rake in tons of profits. They need to help the less fortunate, especially when they have wronged the less fortunate so badly as this. I may never shop there again knowing how their management at the very top dismisses this man’s pain and suffering. Shame.

    1. Lou says:

      You’re shi’ite-ing me, right? People like you are only figments of lib fantasies, correct? If you think like that, there is no way that you function in the real world.

  47. LaShawn Couch Williams says:

    If someone is not able to control themselves enough to not go somewhere they aren’t supposed to be in obviously marked employee only areas then he doesn’t need to be alone in public places. It isn’t societies job to babysit him. I feel for the family and can only imagine the challenges they have faced. However, if he can not control himself then he needs someone to go with him in places that require more than he is capable of. I bet if he had been in an employee only area and gotten hurt the family would also be suing.

  48. Bart Simpson says:

    If you see something, say something. Just looking out for terrorists is all.

  49. mike says:

    Police deal with mental people all day long every day, most of your street people have mental problems, so before you open your uninformed trap about the training the police go through you had better educate yourself first. the police dont have the time to hold the hand of every mental defective that has a bad day. there are people with real problem that need police services.

    1. GsGirl says:

      Mental defective? Wow, you could use a hug from my autistic son…

    2. cindy who says:

      f@ck you. Educate yourself! You are the “people with real problems”

  50. Pete MD says:

    I thought Texas played loose with the death penalty — apparently not loose enough! Put this guy out of his misery! Momma is looking for a payday from Whole Foods, she is probably responsible for the way he is.

  51. Artist Patrick says:

    Soon our government will be killing witches in Salem again. Oh, wait, Obama kills Americans in Sudan.

  52. doctordoctor says:

    we really need to bring back the insane asylums and lock these folks up.

  53. JoJo says:

    If acting odd is grounds for arrest, then they should be locking up pretty much the entire West Coast.

  54. drcldh says:

    @Ronchris – “If the guy had not been behaving oddly, the police would never had gotten involved. You need to figure out cause and effect.”

    If you are responding to my post, perhaps you should have read it a little more thoroughly…I didn’t say the police shouldn’t have been called…I said this was about the way they treated him. Perhaps you should figure out cause and effect!

  55. Greg says:

    If you cannot cope in society (for whatever reason) then you should have someone to help you at all times. As if a bracelet is some kind of immunity from having to abide by societal norms and rules?! Anyone can put on a bracelet that says “I have autism.” The police don’t know this guy. The only person who knew was the mother and she decided to wait 12 hours to investigate her phone message.

    She should have to pay the tax payers for taking care of her kid!

    1. 2sister says:

      The article does not say that she waited 12 hours to investigate. It says that it took 12 hours before she was able to take him home.

  56. musab says:

    Odd behavior is subjective. I have lived in several areas of the US. When I lived in the Greater Chicagoland Area someone walking into a store at this time of year like Wal-Mart fully dressed in camoflauge would be considered odd behavior. Here in the rural town I live now, this would be considered normal behavior. Here, someone walking into a bank with a gun on thier hip would be considered odd behavior, but in Alaska it would not.

  57. BarrysHypocrisy says:

    And I thought that the liberals who frequent Whole Paycheck were so tolerant and “progressive”????????? I guess the liberal are only tolerant when it suits their purposes.

  58. rextyranno says:

    What’s disturbing is when the police department hides behind a wall of silence, and give no explanation as to whether the officers followed or broke police procedure. It seems to me that the officers violated his rights by ignoring the medical alert bracelet and his explanation of his “odd” behavior. This kind of insensitivity is unacceptable; our kids should not be subjected to this type of abuse. Particularly if the offenders are the same people we entrust to protect us. I’m typically not for lawsuits, but in this case it is warranted, the police have traumatized this young man.

  59. Jfscheer says:

    Didn’t the Dallas Police violate the American’s with Disabilities Act by not seeking help instead of arrest? I think the mother should Dallas Police to task for their un-educated approach in the way they handled this man. When he had on the alert bracelet, that should have been the FIRST clue, to the “tool” with the gun.

  60. T says:

    I can just imagine some buzz-cut a-hole cop doing this to him. Not all cops are bad; just most, my SWAT cousin included.

    1. Humpy J. Brown says:

      Not man enough to be one yourself, eh? S’matter? Was your daddy AWOL and now you hate any man who wasn’t castrated by your mother???

    2. Barry A Kenyan says:


  61. Humpy J. Brown says:

    How would they KNOW? All the customers at Whole Foods acts “odd”. And they dress funny, too.

  62. Humpy J. Brown says:

    Autism. A DIRECT result of mommy and daddy doing a little too much “medical” marijuana before they bumped uglies and scrambled their genetics real good. Toke on, idiots. Once you’ve had defective kids, you might as well “do the doobie” until you die.

    1. yee haw says:

      If this story wasn’t out of Texas i would assume you were trying to be funny. Not so sure given the State’s rep.

    2. AL says:

      So is your excuse that your parents shot heroine before you were concieved?

    3. JsMom says:

      You are sick…incredibly sick and twisted!

    4. 2sister says:

      I know someone who has Asperger’s Syndrome ( a form of Autism). His parents are wonderful and law-abiding citizens. I think it’s terrible that you would just assume that anyone who has a baby or child with autism is at fault or that they did drugs. I realize that their are some kids born with problems, because their parents took drugs. We can’t, however, just assume this the case. Also, it’s horrible that you called them defective kids. I have loved one who has a disability, and she is a wonderful little girl. Your comment is very insensitive.

  63. Barry A Kenyan says:

    Big brother is F’n out of control!

  64. Tom Menino says:


  65. john says:

    So, what your saying is that it’s getting real in the Whole Foods parking lot?

  66. Jennifer says:

    So what happens if an autistic man rapes a 4 year old? Can he tell the police he has a disorder? It doesn’t mitigate the damage done to the child! Give people the supervision they desperately need so that they don’t hurt others or themselves!

  67. PokeFromPA says:

    A good friend of mine has two sons with different levels of Autism spectrum. I have know both since birth. Do you know anyone or spent any amount of time with someone who has Autism? Taze me Bro? Shame on you, Shame! 1 in 100 kids are being diagnosed with Autism. And the rate is rising. When I went to school in the 60-70’s we never heard of Autism. We had special ed students, but not Autistic. We still have special ed students, Autism is different and growing. Look at this person. If you knew nothing else, you would say he is a normal looking blue eyed white kid with some acne. And that is not a minority of Autistic kids. Most look normal, like a kid who plays soccer… Man, I could go on, but JohnF do yourself and mankind a favor, research the subject and get a clue.

  68. Joe Patrick says:

    Autism is no excuse for his behavior. He should have been supervised, especially given his concurrent diagnosis of schizophrenia. All the people who have commented idiotically on their blind support for autistic individuals “odd behavior” would probably also ignore reality were he to have assaulted someone in the store because he “can’t help it”

  69. fbk says:

    Are you kidding me…… everybody in that store is ODD.

  70. Nick says:

    Obviously the guy is not well enough to live alone or this would not have happened. Maybe the mother pushed him a bit too soon, before he was really ready. Also, I get suspicious when the last line of any story like this is — “and they plan to file a lawsuit”. Hmmmm…

  71. KR says:

    Lawsuits are made to make sure the offender(s) gets the message.

    Without the lawsuit, the cop might get a verbal reprimand (if even that) and the cop will be put on the streets ready to repeat his/her ignorant ways.

    To the people who don’t have autistic children: you don’t have a clue, NO RIGHT TO COMMENT!! You don’t have any idea how the parents try and try, never giving up on their children. I have two non-verbal autistic sons now entering teenhood. We can’t go to certain places because the kids get bullied or store customers make extremely rude comments. Autistic people have the right to be, and if it takes one million lawsuits, so be it.

  72. Susan says:

    That’s it for my family, NO MORE WHOLE FOODS. Any educated individual with an ounce of common sense would have taken the fact this guy wore a medical alert braclet and worked off of that clue. The police officer is a DOUBLE DUNCE for not doing the same. I’m sick and tired of common sense flying out the window for the sake of going on a power trip.

  73. Zoe Levitz says:

    ahhhhhh, Texas.

    Can’t we just give this state back to Mexico? LOL! Then we’ll see how BIG these rednecks think they still are?

  74. Jim says:

    Just terrible. One more reason to stay out of Whole Foods

  75. Rocco says:

    Typical…more despicable behavior from the ignorant police.

  76. Steven Goodwin says:

    Look at the bright side… They didn’t use a taser on him

  77. JohnRalph says:

    The next time Lady Gaga or some other celebrity God acts strange in public instead of everyone falling down and worshiping them, maybe they’ll be reported and arrested too?

  78. Turban says:

    “. . . then lets arrest those kids who are supposedly supervised and their parents who let those kids run screaming and yelling in all areas of retail outlets in many cases even being destructive.” — Darrell

    Indeed, let’s. You people are all talking about training the police. Train your kids! There was a time — and there are countries — where kids were taught to behave themselves, and they did and do. America has turned into a land of have it all, do it al. There are no such concepts as decorum and dignity anymore. In this country the kids can be any age of spoiled brat. All you see/hear in the stores and parking lots are breathless females cussing up a storm and running their kids down. The best training is to lead by example. See where the problem lies?

    1. AL says:

      Yeah the problem is you have no understanding about autism. It has nothing to do with spoiled rotten kids.

  79. JT says:

    The law ought to be arresting the purveyors and pushers of vaccines, which are the chief suspect cause of autism, from the mercury and aluminum contained.

    And this guy ought to try truehope’s mental health supplement.

    1. Klaes Holgreen says:

      The goal of Big Pharma is to get everyone in the US and rest of the World on at least 2 prescriptions for their entire life.– It starts with vaccines that are laced with cancerinogens and other harmful heavy metals and poisons.

    2. JsMom says:

      JT, you’re another one who’s spewing ill-informed information.

  80. weeone says:

    Well at least they didn’t kill him like the Cop in Fullerton, CA did!

  81. John says:

    Good Grief People!! He was running up and down the aisle and repeatedly going in and out “employee only” areas. What part of “That’s night right whether you are autistic or not” do you not understand? His mother shouldn’t have left him unsupervised… period.

  82. Timothy Archer says:

    What a sad story…

  83. Marie says:

    Just the fact that he was wearing a medical bracelet, should have made the officers treat him differently. If he said he had to call his Mother, they should have let him. Sadly, someone with a disability is treated no better than a criminal. This is someones child, no matter how old he is! How would you feel if this happened to one of yours??

  84. Justin Time says:

    Why didn’t they let him call his mother, and why the hell is a cop staking out his apartment?

  85. The new USA says:

    This story is one of the sad side effects of our lame anti “terrorism” policy. We have made a choice through our elected officials. Enemy armies can become, or support, terrorists among us. We refuse to fight them to extinction, but instead pour billions back into their economies. Read “The Mouse That Roared”. Instead of killing or holding our enemies in military prisons, our administration wants to grant them rights and privileges they never held (or fought for) in their own countries. We thus fight a losing battle. But it is worse. We have our civil rights and privileges reduced at home at the same time that we coddle our enemies. Autistic people are now terrorized by our authorities who are more concerned with ethnic political correctness than with common decency. Infants and toddlers are sexually molested by the TSA. The elderly are made to remove their diapers in front of TSA. Welcome to the new politically correct U.S.A. I’m sorry for this autistic man, but we are all sufferer in this “fundamentally transformed” nation.

  86. Mike Coffey says:

    I do not think the Dallas Police, after this incident, will have to worry about any outside enforcement agency arresting anyone in its’ department for ‘acting odd’!

  87. bear knucklez says:

    Officers have to act on what they know… in this instance its a man creating a disturbance, in an unauthorized area, refusing to leave. People love to tell cops, with all the benefit of hindsight, what they should have done in a situation. Unfortunately, far too many officers end up dead or injured because they didn’t follow protocols. It may be someone who is autistic, someone who is hyped on crack, someone having an emotional breakdown, or someone who just committed an undiscovered crime. When people are being non-compliant, officers do not have the luxury of stopping to evaluate what all of the possiblities. these guys deserve to go home at the end of the day, too.

    1. Jim Jones says:

      They don’t have to act at all you f@ing idiot.

      1. bear knucklez says:

        WRONG JIM! They DO have to act if they are called to the scene where someone is in an unauthorized area and has been told to leave and refuses. Is it your contention that people should all just disregard the lawful order of a police officer and they have no recourse? What do you think they are paid to do Jim? Why have a police department if they aren’t supposed to act on situations? So someone breaks into your home, the police are to NOT do anything because that may cause the law breaker some problems? Laws are there for a reason. If its private property, there is a reason the biz owner doesn’t want just anybody back there. Maybe for safety of that person, maybe for security of the employees/property. Who knows, but don’t the biz owners have any rights? Anybody can NOT act on a situation Jim. Name calling doesn’t show your intelligence or your correctness in a matter Jim. Did you even read my post before you jumped on the first sentence Jim? Do you have an intelligent argument to back up the swearing and name calling Jim? Would you like to have an actual adult conversation Jim, or do you want to just hit and run?

  88. Maud St James says:

    Part of being a civilized society is acceptance of standard behavior. Small children running up and down aisles and going into employee-only areas is annoying, but not frightening. A grown man doing the same thing can be terrifying. As someone said, if he is going to disregard one part of societally-acceptable behavior, how is anyone – shopper or store employee or police officer – going to know that he will not go one or two or three steps further and start pulling knives or guns or fists.

    If I am in a grocery store aisle and a grown man behaves like that, forget the store employees, I will call the police. Maybe he’s harmless, maybe he’s not, but by ignoring the social imperative he has put himself outside the pale. The majority, those who behave within accepted guidelines, have rights, and theirs supercede those of damaged persons who feel they can do whatever they want with no consequences.

    If this was not a single aberration on this man’s part, what on earth was he doing living alone? For everyone’s good – his own as well as the general population – people such as he who are not mentally normal should be supervised, either at home on in care, instead of being allowed to run amok frightening others.

  89. Psychotol says:

    Seems to me the appropriate response would have been to convince the man to let them drive/walk him home, best way to find out about a situation is to get people to talk and that means making them feel safe to talk. This isn’t just about helping people with mental problems, it’s also how you gather information in general (both from witnesses and when interviewing suspects), and if you want to become a police officer, it should be considered an essential skill.

    The arrest may have been technically within their power, but without violent actions initiated by the individual, the arrest was disproportionate.

  90. Bobo says:

    He shouldn’t have been in the back of the store. He was trespassing, and refused to leave when directed. His autism has nothing to do with that. And as others have stated, if he’s unable to control his actions, then he shouldn’t be out on his own. The mother didn’t act fast enough to get her son out of jail, so she’s part of the problem.

    The police officer may or may not have called him a liar. We don’t know, because we cant rely on the testimony of an admittedly mentally unstable person

    And the rabit posts from his apologists just show that they’re mentally unstable themselves.

    1. Bobo says:


    2. Bob Smith says:

      f@ck you loser. Maybe you will have kids who will be handicapped. you know how life works.

  91. bagbalm says:

    He was in trespass going in private areas. The store was entirely correct not to lay hands on him and instead to call the police. Perhaps those saying the store should act as a social agency would feel different if they found the man in their kitchen. I suspect then it would be trespass.

    1. Bob Smith says:

      f@ck you bagbalm, you decrepit piece of chit. Is bag balm your face, geezer.

  92. Chris Weidner says:

    There are none so enslaved as those who falsely believe they are free. ~ Goethe

  93. Bob Smith says:

    Sue the pieces of @hit! Ya gonna arrest my kids for running up and down the isles to a@@hole? Hey Whole Foods, we will never buy from you. I hope they sink you m…..fers.

    1. bear knucklez says:

      C’mon Bob, why the hostilities? What’s this story have to do with kids running in a store? This is a grown man. Even if the guy has a mental illness or a medical issue, does that mean they walk away from him and let him have at it? If he hurts himself or someone else, would you then be complaining they didn’t do enough to protect the guy? Why you gotta call names and cuss people out? Why sue someone for protecting their customers, employees and stuff? Do you a have an actual thought on the subject, or are you only able to hit and run with your vulgar grunts when someone says something you don’t like?

  94. GK says:

    As I read these comments it only reinforces the facat that people need to be educated and be aware of what autism is. People get it thru your thick heads, every 1 in 90 people born right now in the US today are autistic. and every 1 in 25 boys born is autistic., dont you get it???!!! it has been like this since the early 90’s and the figures continue to climb where do you think those people are going to go? into our society thats where. part of autism is a breakdown in the ability to communicate. it becomes very rote for them they can be trained to respond but have extremely limited comrehensive capabilities., that poor guy had no clue what the cops were asking of him he only knew what he had to do as if his life depended on it he didnt know anything else…..

    1. Lou Bator says:

      Stop with the victimization. Autism was created by the pharmaceutical companies in order to sell more drugs. Parents of autistics get victimization pay, some of which goes to buy the drugs. Everybody is happy, right? Meanwhile, the rest of society has to put up with the victim label of the month. Whole Foods is running a business. They will still have mine. The police were doing their job. They have my support. Autism momma needs to control her son, and he needs a job.

      1. JsMom says:

        Another ill-informed loser post…I hope to God that you end up having to deal with the heartbreak of having a child with autism, knowing that their life will be difficult.

  95. Miss Demeanor says:

    Some Whole Food shoppers thought someone there was odd? Now that is ironic.

  96. DavosSherman says:

    So now it is a crime to be autistic? Eff the mother effing morons who called and eff the mother effing morons who arrested this poor guy

  97. Christopher says:

    I think we need to Stand up to Whole Foods. Someone needs to organize and picket out in front of the store on park. To warn any of their other perspective customers that might be Autistic and “ODD” that they should not go in there or they might be arrested. We wouldn’t want the Whole Food Nazi’s to send the Autistic people to a concentration camp now would we?

    1. Lou says:

      I don’t see any problem on Whole Foods part. The police did their job handling an anti-social lunatic. I will continue to patronize Whole Foods, and the police always have my support. Considering the abusive nuts posting on this forum, the cops need all the support they can get. It seems like the Autism Enthusiasts Victims League notified everyone in their club, and they are all posting here today. Get a job and a life, folks!

      1. MrsBlockhead says:

        “antisocial lunatic”??? Seriously? Did you even READ the article? Antisocial, maybe, because he probably feels safer being away from people who he fears are out to hurt him. Lunatic? Nope, sorry, not this guy. He has problems, one of which are people who label him rather than try to understand him. How would you feel if people labeled you as “Stupid” for something they didn’t understand, such as (and I’m totally making this up) really Really REALLY liking to smear processed cheese spread all over your feet and inbetween your toes? OK, that example is way out there and totally unrelated, except for the fact that this is something that may be an integral part of one’s internal makeup and it’s what one would do to cope when life gets out of control. That wouldn’t make one “stupid”, but it’s something that people wouldn’t understand at first glance. Perhaps the same logic could be applied here? I have no idea who you are or what makes you unique. But it’s always easier to cast stones and call names, much more difficult to handle things with compassion…..

  98. John says:

    I guess its ok to throw your senile grandparent in the slammer now too. First responders need sensitivity training. All incidents should not be treated as though a hardened criminal is involved. Shame!

  99. Onlythepretty says:

    If my crucifix must remain at home in order to avoid disturbing you, then I see no reason why we can’t ban autistic people from appearing in public. They might make someone uncomfortable. And all that matters is if you “feel” offended, disturbed or put out. It’s all about my comfort, right?

  100. dherik says:

    Kind of funny, liberals, hippies, and enviros always claim to be more tolerant, and enlightened. But when it comes down to it, they are the least tolerant people in the room. Especially if they have to be inconvenienced by someone who has a disability.

    Thanks Whole foods, gave me another reason not to shop at your store.

  101. Goon police says:


  102. Mannie says:

    The guy is an unfortunate who does not fit in. That is a shame.

    But he was trespassing and entering employee only areas of the store. The store had a right and an obligation to remove him before he hurt himself or someone else. If he went into the back room and was injured, the family would sue the spit out of the store.

    The guy refused to leave an area where he was legally not permitted to be. So he was arrested. Fortunately, the cops didn’t mace him or Tase him or beat the snot out of him. I don’t see where they did anything wrong. If he’s not competent to walk the streets without breaking into store back rooms, he is not competent to be out without a minder.

  103. LibCorp says:

    Whole foods for Whole People. All others take it outside.

  104. CultFit says:

    Sad story…maybe, maybe if he had been dressed more like a ‘hipster’ the Whole Foods granola crunchers would have accepted him as there own? Top tip: dress and act like a Yoga Mom while in Whole Foods if you want to be left alone.

  105. crystalrainbowlove says:

    How do you notice “odd” at Whole Foods?

    The shoppers should have asked the autistic guy about nutrition.

  106. dydx says:

    Sad, sad situation. Bottom line…Whole Foods did nothing wrong, cops did nothing wrong.

    Guy was out of control and no doubt freaking out the customers and the staff. Mebbe he couldn’t help himself…but he doesn’t have the right on private property to act the way he did. I doubt that if he were in a school for people on the spectrum like him he would be allowed to behave the way he did.

    Fault his mom for letting him loose. If she didn’t know before…she knows now. Her fault (and the father’s) for not providing adequate supervision for his excursions.

  107. proudnot2bliberal says:

    this syory just doesnt pass the smell test. I can understand him being out trying o get him over his condition. hell never get over it if hes locked away by himself. Where were his “gaurdians” 7 why didnt they intervine?

    BUT the biggest RED FLAG n his story is it happened in APRIL over 5 months ago? Sounds liek someones looking to cash in on this poor mans illness

  108. Cara C says:

    I have compassion for this man and his family, but if he unable to control himself in public, stay out of employee-only areas and keep himself from running up and down the aisles of a supermarket, where that behavior is unacceptable, unsafe and threatening to others, then unfortunately, he is not well enough to be out in public unsupervised.

  109. Gary says:

    There seems to be a lack of common sense on both sides of this issue. Having a disability, be it physical, emotional or mental, DOES NOT RELEIVE a person of responsibility for their actions UNLESS the disability is so severe the person has no control. IF so then they need 24/7 care or placed in the custody of a guardian. It’s that simple. The vitriol on both side of the issue is disheartening. With a little effort the cops could have found out Wimberly was in fact autistic and given him a ride to have has mom take custody of him and left him with a trespass warning. The cops chose to arrest him and the mom chose to let him sit in jail for 12 hours. Both sides could have done things differently.

  110. JH says:

    Arrested? The president should have sent a predator drone to his house to take him out. Unusual behavior is symptomatic of terrorists.

    1. knowthetruth says:


      1. 2sister says:

        I agree that some of the comments have been mean and hateful, but responding in kind is not the answer and is wrong.

  111. MadCharles says:

    The guy is lucky the police didn’t beat him to death. Cops did so in Fullerton, Ca a few months back. They’re not police anymore they’re storm troopers. They’re all SWAT now. What get’s me is how thy whine during union contract talks. “We’re so poor we can’t retire”; ” Why can’t you taxpayers pay more tax so we can retire before age 50 “. it’s such a hard job. I didn’t like combat in Nam so I didn’t take the re-up offer. You don’t have to be a cop. Then they hide behind trees with radar or at the bottom of hills to steal more of your money.

  112. Sister says:

    I hope they are swiftly successful in their lawsuit. Being the sister of an individual who has suffered with schizophrenia and In a world of knee-jerk and jerk behaviors concerning mental illness – I cannot imagine the horrors of carrying around autism AND schizophrenia.

    1. dydx says:

      Why don’t you comment on the horrors of letting someone in that condition out and about alone, unsupervised? Could he not have ended up somewhere dangerous or desolate? Would you let someone like him be alone with children unsupervised? Would you allow him in your house unsupervised?

      If society were able to sue the parents for providing inadequate supervision, who you be an equally enthusiastic cheerleader of that lawsuit?

      Just because you have a degree of sympathy for people who suffer from autism and schizophrenia does not mean you’re allowed to be stupid or hypocritical.

  113. jslab says:

    Boo Hoo

  114. Amelia says:

    Those of you who say this man shouldn’t be in public alone, don’t know much about autism. There are people with high functioning autism who can be unsupervised, but have moments such as this, where something triggers a meltdown. You want to take the independence away from these people who are generally fine on their own just because the world doesn’t want to learn more about them. Everyone just wants to pass judgement on what they don’t understand.

    I will say this. I don’t blame Whole Foods or the manager working there. The manager did what he or she thought was best. The police are the ones to blame here. The man was not violent to himself or others and communicated that he was autistic. Instead of taking him away from the situation and finding some way to help him, they called him a liar and arrested him.

    I personally believe that anyone in a position of authority, whether it be a store manager or a police man, should be taught about people with all kinds of disabilities. They should learn how to help those who are confused or controlled by compulsive behavior. The police, especially, should be ashamed of themselves. As a sister of an autistic child, I always hope that the world will become more understanding so these disabled people will find the acceptance and support they need without having to hide from the public.

    1. dydx says:

      You don’t know much about this man. You have no idea where he is on the spectrum. You have no idea what his triggers are.

      I’m glad you’re reasoned enough to not blame Whole Foods. That’s something. But you don’t know what he said to the cops, and you don’t know how his behavior was at the time of his arrest.

      Don’t know if the cops did the right thing, but it doesn’t matter. They have a lot of things to worry about…and I’m sorry but knowing how to handle a one in 5,000 chance of dealing with someone with autism at that level shouldn’t be at the top of their list. If the guy ends up being scarred…well that’s the risk his parents chose to make for putting the poor guy in a situation like that.

      The poor guy’s now scared of cops? GOOD. Maybe he won’t run up and down the aisles uncontrollably and be in and out of restricted areas because of that fear. That’s a GOOD thing. SAD that it has come to this, but that’s exactly how life is.

      Lawsuits don’t absolve or protect you from life…the bad ones that you win just enable you to remain the blundering idiot that got you in trouble in the first place.

  115. Scott says:

    Acting odd at Whole Foods? The store of fruit and nuts??? How could they tell?

  116. San Antonio Thorn says:

    Acting “odd” in Whole Foods?

    You have to be more than a little “odd” to shope there in the first place

    1. Duh! says:

      I like to shope there!!

  117. Armed Texan says:

    If they arrested all the odd peple who shop at “Whole Paycheck” their stores would be as empty as Joe Biden’s brain cavity.

  118. holygenes says:

    Judging is controlling.
    Controlling is scapegoating.
    It’s pacifying.
    It’s mstrbt’g emotionally.

    It transfers that secret pain Mr. Spock’s brother was
    obsessed with until people are afraid of anyone
    who the least bit resembles the obnoxious person
    doing it.

    I know Tx has lots of rlgs folk. I hope ur o.k. w/ the mstrbtg thing.

    I wonder if growing psych-wise is caught up in growing
    scientifically, morally and in terms of a new understanding
    of history.

    at host weebly

  119. Jim Lively says:

    Couple of things:

    1. The Mom may have a job that has 12hr shifts. In this case, its understandable that her response was delayed. Perhaps long hours are the only way to pay for the meds and such as this person would need.

    2. It is the responsibility of the caregiver to provide for such individuals. If he was deemed “safe” enough to be unsupervised, then he should be “safe” enough to be treated equally as an average citizen. However, in some instances, state agencies that would have normally cared for such individuals have been closed due to lack of funding. In these cases, blame your politician or yourselves for electing them. If there is no facility, and the caregiver is overworked, then what?

    3. The store did the right thing. Where I work there is a place where special needs recipliants go during the day. Its a supervised facility where they can go out into the public, and in most cases they are escorted. These people gave my employer there contact info so in the event that something happened as described in this story, they could be called first. I imagine that the area where this store is does not have such a facility. In that event, turning it over to law enforcement was the best that they could do. Safety first. How many of you have had a job, ANY job, where that was NOT the rule?
    4. Scream all you want, this is the REAL world. If you wish to be the caregiver for such an individual, then you are RESPONSIBLE for that individual. That includes being responsible for their actions. Think long and hard about that before throwing around the word “Lawsuit”

    I have tried to list both sides of the argument here. I do this to say that I DO indeed understand. However, understanding does not justify the failure of the caregiver. Unfortunately, neither does working long hours to provide for you charge. No, unfortunately, what matters is that you ARE the caregiver, and your charge has run a muck. Show up, apologize for his/her behavior, explain to your charge WHY it was wrong, and arrange any restitution for any damages done BY YOUR CHARGE. Do not sue law enforcement and the store FOR DOING WHAT YOUR SUPPOSED TO BE DOING. If you cannot handle it, seek help with social services. Join a support group, file a request with your equivalent of DMH, but don’t blame everyone else because the caregiver were not there to restrain her charge in a public place. Thats the caregivers fault and she knows it.

  120. glenp says:

    and when he leaves a knife in a shopper’s chest, it’s ok because he’s autistic and schizophrenic!!!!

  121. Ethan Strumling says:

    Well, he was breaking the law. Is the store to blame? No. Are the police to blame? No. Was he to blame? Not sure. Does he have a guardian? Is his mother his guardian, if so then she’s responsible. If he doesn’t have a guardian the he’s to blame.

    I missed it. Was he taking his medications?

  122. Daniel Montgomery says:

    He had an autistic bracelet on and medical tags and the cops still arrested him. I hope they all get fired or at least suspended without pay, and their suspended pay goes to the the autistic man for the lawsuit.

    1. glenp says:

      I hope you are first in line to volunteer your home to this poor less fortunate person

      IF not then shut your pie hole

  123. adam says:

    i do not fault wholefoods. they were trying to protect customers. i’m sorry the police did not handle it better but it is a tricky situation when someone is acting odd. i will certainly continue to shop there.

  124. glenp says:

    To all you bleeding heart puke lib nutcases out there, when was the last time you took in such a deserving person to live in your home?

    You make me sick with all your blame to everyone else

  125. jrider says:

    He wasn’t arrested for acting odd. He was arrested for Criminal Trespass. Sensationalistic news title is sensationalistic. Sounds like this guy probably shouldn’t be living alone, too

  126. Rock says:

    What do you expect from a decade of government telling us to fear everyone doing anything, and to be sure if you “See something-Say something” aka call the cops? Protect and Serve? Don’t make me laugh. Supreme Court already ruled the police have no obligation to protect; Most cops nowadays “serve” through intimidation, arrest…or tasering. Since tasers can kill, maybe this poor unfortunate is lucky to be alive.

    Next they will want children to inform on their parents if they criticize Dear Leader (oh wait, they already do that), or for schools to report disheveled children to the authorities so CPS can take the kids away from presumed-abusive parents…who might themselves have been disheveled that morning, too, and for a good reason (oh, wait, they already do that).

    NAZI Germany and Stalin’s Russia did these things. So does present day Iran. Now WE do it, too? Maybe bin Laden was right – they ARE winning…

    Just one more reason not to move back home to Texas – y’all are losing it lately. Not the Texas I knew. A Whole ‘Nuther Country? Yep – just like North Korea!

  127. Fred P. says:

    While the store was within it’s “right” to call the police (as they don’t have the training), DPD’s responding officers certainly did NOT have the training to deal with the situation.

    BTW, a store is a private business – not a public place.

    I have a nephew who is autistic and I’ve been in law enforcement for 24 years. This is NOT rocket science!

  128. LakeBay972 says:

    It is a hard situation given the guy’s mental condition; but DPD and Whole Foods handled it well. Classic case of arresting someone behaving dangerously and illegally; the guy was in WF running all over the aisles endangering himself and others. He repeatedly entered an unauthorized area of the store, was asked to leave several times by store management; but refused (i.e. criminal trespass). So, DPD had no choice but to follow procedure.

    But I think the real problem is the mother. She seems like an enabler who only cares about receiving a lot of set-asides from the public based on the fact that her son is autistic regardless of how it affects her son or others. I think this lawsuit she has going on against the DPD is ridiculous. She seems as if she’s out to make a quick buck instead of trying to get the help that her son really needs.

  129. John Smith says:

    I think the last sentence sums up the WHOLE story. The family are planning a lawsuit & looking for a settlement…

  130. Thomas Baker says:

    Quit making more of this than there is – the article states that he was in an unauthorized area acting “odd” and that led to one or more calls for police service. Upon arrival, he was told to the leave the unauthorized area and he refused, that’s a valid trespassing arrest. I’m sorry the kid has medical issues, but that is not a “get out of jail free” card. Quit vilifying police for doing their jobs.

  131. Mark Feemster says:

    Have you seen the freak show that are the employees of whole foods?
    How do you pick an ODD customer in the middle of all that?

  132. steve says:

    Plain and Simple ORGANIZED GANG STALKING by Police its happneing everywhere especailly Florida. There are over 1 million Gov dedicated to destroying the lives of others. There is not much time left and it is spreading.

  133. glenp says:

    Dan B commented on Autistic Man’s ‘Acting Odd’ Lands Him In Jail.

    in response to a comment by Wilheml:

    You are uneducated on autism It IS NOT a mental illness. It IS a malfunction of the way the brain is wired so to speak. AS far as your “These people” comment I seem to remember a certain lunch counter in Montgomery Alabama where “these people ” were not allowed to eat. Take your prejudice’s and preconceived ideas and educate your self. Please.
    POLIO is not an ILLNESS it’s a MALFUNCTION of nerves!!! what a buttcheese you are

    THE DUDE IS SCHIZOPHRENIC!!! if you bothered to read or LEARN TO READ –tell me again that’s not an illness

  134. PigPork says:

    With all the weirdo’s who work for Whole Foods, how were they able to single this guy out?

  135. Graf Otto says:

    With all the weirdo’s who work for Whole Foods, how were they able to single this guy out?

  136. Larry says:

    I thank God everyday that my autistic Nephew doesn’t encounter any cops, he knows to avoid cops and call me or a family member if he encounters any problems. In this day and age you really don’t know who’s worse, the cops or bad guys.

  137. jessejames says:

    Welcome to the Police States of Amerika!

  138. M.C. says:

    A student with Tourette’s where I used to teach was escorted out of a restaurant by the police. The arresting officer was shown his medical excuse and she herself suggested that he sue the esablishment. He won over 2.5 mil in damages.

  139. mZ says:

    Good grief. Take the man to get some help, don’t traumatize him more! What is wrong with these police? We can spend over $50,000 per year trying to “rehabilitate” sexual predators but we can’t help this poor fellow by providing him some help?

  140. Tom says:

    Whole Foods is running a business, not a psych ward. Most of the aut-symps here sound like they’re posting from one.

  141. malcom says:

    liberrals make me SICK

  142. Jonathan Melton says:

    I hope they get a multi-million dollar award in this case. It is utterly heartless what they did to drive this man further into his shell.

  143. VigilantSoldier says:

    Alot of things went wrong in this situation but at the same time the officers should have the common sense/training to sense the situation and figure out that something was a little odd and taken time to develop the situation. There was no immediate danger to the officers nor anyone in the vicinity. On the other hand, if his condition is like this, it is imperative that he be supported and supervised.

  144. Willis says:

    Why should there be new special sensitivity training due to this? The initial reaction was probably 100% correct. If a grown man is running up and down aisles AND entering employee only areas, why SHOULDN’T anyone be alarmed about this and call authorities? Are we supposed to be psychic? A bracelet alone means nothing. Many teens and young adults wear many variety of bracelets. In the heat of this behavior, you shouldn’t have to worry about safety because it may just be a sick person. And he should have been closely attended to by a guardian.

  145. WHYNOSWATTEAM??? says:

    wow, arrested for acting odd. at least the police didn’t send out a SWAT team, but hey you never know, maybe those officers were in some kind of danger and a SWAT team could have been of some kind of assistance. along with some bomb-sniffing dogs, an armored personnel carrier, a remote controlled robot, some helicopters, tasers, pepper spray, and a “crisis negotiator.” can’t be too careful these days you know, it’s all about “officer safety” with liberty and justice for all. AWESOME JOB COPS – KEEPING THE STREETS SAFE!!!

  146. Farmer Bob says:

    Check his papers. If he’s an American citizen, Obama can just order him shot.

  147. truckinmann says:

    Autistic or not, he’s not allowed in certain areas of private property. He was asked to leave because of how he was acting and where he decided he wanted to be. The store did nothing wrong. The police did nothing wrong. He was the one doing something wrong. Just because he’s autistic doesn’t give him the right to break laws.Why is this even a story in the news?

  148. Steven Senior says:

    DPD was on “Cops” until they beat the hell out of a man having a seizure. They thought he was a drunk driver.

  149. darrell says:

    i dont think it a question as to if something needed to be done, but what was done. in this case the police could have and should have handled it a different way.
    otherwise, like i said before. you need to start arresting out of control kids in markets too. for the exact same reasons except they are supervised. so arrest their parents too. i use the term supervised loosly only because the parents are probably at least on the property.

  150. steve says:

    They should just feel lucky that the cops decided he wasn’t a danger to them or he would be wearing a toe tag at the county slab.

  151. Kevin says:

    People act like getting arrested is the biggest deal in the world.. It wasn’t, the cop thought he was lying, and he guessed wrong. Relax, clearly, this is a situation we all can rationalize, apologize, and move on from.

  152. slobo says:

    Blame it on the Jooooo’s…take him out, put him up against a wall…und fire!

  153. Babboo says:

    If he were having a diabetic convulsion, seizure, or some other event covered by a MedicAlert bracelet would THAT be considered “odd and unusual”? Bet the responding officer would check that bracelet then!

    Just because you do not understand Autism does not mean you get to label those with the condition because of your ignorance or intolerance.

    The cop’s job is to protect the public, but that includes ALL the public including the man having the schizophrenic break or an issue with his Autism. He was not posing a danger to anyone. Understandably the store employees were alarmed by someone in the “unauthorized” parts of the store, but a reasonable person would be able to determine he was not up to anything but looking for a phone to call his mom.

    Bad judgement calls on the part of the police who mishandled the issue out of ignorance.

  154. Paul Cauchon says:

    Whole Foods is a joke, full of metrosexual pseudohipster poseurs more interested in being seen than doing anything morally responsbile. MoM is legit. Growing a garden is legit. Whole Foods is Walmart for the Saab set, where the shoppers are too self-absorbed to realize they’re being played.

  155. Mike says:

    So a man walks into a grocery store and is behaving oddly. He is brusque and rude, but people mostly ignore him. Then he shot Gabrielle Giffords.

    So a man walked into a grocery store and is behaving oddly and went into restricted areas. When confronted, he refused to leave the restricted area. The police saw and possibly questioned the validity of a bracelet saying he’s autistic. Now they have to make a decision. Do they think this person is potentially dangerous to others or themselves?

    I definitely support those with disabilities. And, yes we must make reasonable accommodations for them to live as normal a life as possible. This, however, can’t be done at the cost of common sense. The police need to have this type of discretion. I’m sorry this happened to him, but the police were not out of line in the slightest.

    1. steve says:

      Yes, this man really needed to be arrested. Luckily, for him, the cops did not feel threatened by him or otherwise he would be wearing a toe tag at the county slab.

  156. Eileen Miller says:

    I have written a book that addresses this very issue released 2 days ago, titled “Behind the Pictures” Autism: Strategies for Change. My husband is a retired police officer, my daughter Kim Miller (The Girl Who Spoke With Pictures) is 23yrs. old and autistic. I give strategies for parents to prepare their children and tips for law enforcement officers. I would love to be invited to Dallas to give an inservice!

    This is a passion of mine, the safety of autistic children/adults.

    Eileen Miller-author, mother of autistic individual, wife to law enforcement.

  157. denny says:

    You folks want the police to make the laws when it’s for your benefit but you want them to not enforce the laws when it involves an individual that is severely mentally challenged. The man was breaking the law – the police can’t judge they can only do their job……….they had to arrest the man.

  158. Whole Foods Hater says:

    Seems like he would have fit right in with all of the other nuts and freaks that shop at whole foods. I feel uncomforable everytime I go there. Even the employees are freaks and weirdos with all sorts of “body art”.

    Oh, and I thought whole foods and its customers were “progressive” and “inclusive” and respending of “diversity”? Hypocrites.

    Oh, and you have to go into “employee only” areas to go to the restroom at most grocery stores. They usually don’t mind and tell you it is okay.

  159. Dwight E. Howell says:

    It appears based on what was reproted that the man is truly mentally ill and his behavior was truly upsetting not to mention breaking a lot of laws. Removing him from the premises was the reasonable and prudent thing to do.

    Since most communities have dispensed with insane asylums those who are not sane get tossed in with those who are criminal. Mother doesn’t seem to have been in much of rush to find out where junior was either.

  160. mamawati says:

    Blake, I have shopped at WHole Foods and honestly, mos if not all the people who shop there are a little “weird”. Why they picked on you, Giod only knows. You are OK.

  161. FedUp! says:

    This guy is not well enough to go out alone. His family needs to recognize that instead of suing police who did their job in protecting the public!!

  162. steve says:

    Luckily, for him, the cops did not feel threatened by him or otherwise he would be wearing a toe tag at the county slab.

  163. AC says:

    I tried the Autism thing, I got tired of acting like a A$$, so now I am just dysfunctional.

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