Transit Officer Accused Of Assaulting Autistic Teen Has Been Fired

| by Brendan Kelly
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A Minnesota Metro Transit officer accused of attacking an autistic teen has been fired.

The alleged incident happened on Sept. 1 at the University and Lexington station in St. Paul, KARE 11 reports. Marcus Abrams, a 17-year-old with Asperger's syndrome, was standing on the tracks when police approached him. He was traveling home with two friends after working at the Minnesota State Fair. He reportedly had his headphones on at the time so he was unable to hear everything the police said.

According to Abrams, the officers accused him of being drunk or on drugs before attacking him.

“One grabbed my arm and the other one grabbed my wrist and I told them to get off me — I did nothing wrong,” Abrams told KARE 11. “They just slammed me right on the ground. I tried to get them off me and (one officer had his) whole body on my face and I couldn’t breathe.”

During a video of the incident, a witness can be heard telling police that Abrams is having a seizure, Raw Story reports.

After the incident, special classes were started for Metro Transit officers to help identify abnormal behavior and people who may be living with mental illness.

The assault sparked protests in the area and the Minneapolis chapter of the NAACP called for the officer’s dismissal.

The officer, who became a full time transit officer in March, has been fired. Howie Padilla, the Metro Transit spokesperson, told KARE 11 that the officer was fired because he did not pass probation.

Sources: KARE 11, Raw Story / Photo credit: Adrienne Broaddus/KARE 11