Dear Mr Smith,
I want to express with this letter, how much I'm disappointed of the treatment my son Christopher had to experience last night. I know that he was under suspicion of killing our neighbour's dog when your policemen picked him up, but there is not the slightest excuse of what they did.
He was holding the dog in his arms when the policemen arrived. It was obvious that he was traumatized by the murder of the dog and the policeman that was consulting him should have noticed that.
He was asked many questions that he tried to answer properly, but he wasn't given enough time, and was also overwhelmed by everything that had happened that night. But even though he was under suspicion, I think there was no need to grab hold of him as tightly as it was done or even insult him, which I think is not appropriate for a police officer.
Due to the fact that my son had Asperger's Syndrome, a kind of Autism, he has some unusual behaviour problems. Generally he can live with it very well, but he doesn't like talking to strangers in particular, which is the reason why he felt so uncomfortable talking to the policeman and probably seemed like he was acting odd, when he was kneeling down and groaning.
Being touched is on of the things that Christopher hates more than anything else, and nothing fears him more. Not even I can touch him as you may have seen when I picked him up from the police station, the only thing he dares to do and feels comfortable, is to touch my fingertips with his. That he fears strangers and also fears being touched I think explains his reaction when the policemen tried to lift him, by gripping him hard on his arms.
Christopher didn't like being touched by the policemen and that was the reason why he hit him. He didn't mean to hurt him as he assured on the police station later on, he only wanted the policemen to let go of him.
Although Christopher hit a policemen, which is definitely a crime, an adult should not have reacted to this by calling him "you little shit". Adults should be an example to children and especially to teenagers. I can't even tell you how shocked I was when I heard what had happened that night and how my son was treated.
I was even more shocked when I found out that the police didn't have the faintest idea that Christopher has A.S. Nearly everyone that's meeting him is noticing that at once and I'm aghast that the police is obviously paying so less attention to whom their arresting.
I can only advise you to talk to your officers so that we can hopefully avoid such a thing again. I think that policemen should show respect for children because we don't have to ask ourselves why our children are using so many swearwords when they learn it from the police itself.
I also think that it should be talked about the aspect I named above this, because the police shouldn't be the reason for disturbances but rather the ones who avoid them.
I would be pleased if you spent some times thinking about what I wrote,