In Honor of ‘Autism Awareness Month’ Saratoga County Cops Slam Autistic Teen to the Floor in Target

Gayle Leslie
6 min readApr 27, 2022

Heads up, White Folks! Time to get up off the couch and set it off. Again.

Cop tackling black autistic teen at Clifton Park Target

I didn’t know what to do because I wanted to call for help. But who do you call for help when it’s the police harming the people.’ ~Chante Ware

Yesterday my partner showed me this video, taken by another customer present at the incident on April 18th, of this law enforcement outrage that took place in a Clifton Park, New York Target this past week. It is not possible to express the convergence of fury and terror this has triggered in me: my partner is black and my stepson is a beautiful young man, brilliant and kind with a big, big heart. And he has Aspergers. If it’s that hard for me to watch this without wanting to beat an old, fat, white bully’s ass, imagine how his father feels. Imagine how this young man’s mother feels right now.

I am doing what I can here to help make sure these beasts with badges are held accountable for what they’ve done here. And don’t pretend for a moment that anyone believes these men would have subjected a young white man to this insanity.