Paul Rolly's "When police meet someone with an invisible disability" (Tribune, April 22) affected me with some agitation. He writes about an 18-year-old young man with autism having to spend a night in jail for a Class A misdemeanor, because when he was pulled over for speeding the police "mistook his agitation due to his autism for criminally aggressive behavior."
Rolly states that "the incident highlights a growing problem as society assimilates people with autism and other mental disabilities." It is right to train police officers about mental disorders.
However, children not learning responsibility when driving a car is at issue here, too. Is Rolly saying that the boy should not have been punished the way he was for disobeying and shoving the officer?