If the person cries, yells etc due to a meltdown, the cop can see it as the person is hiding drugs or even on drugs. Sometimes the cop will harass the person. Like I said the workforce being run on neurotypical standards, the law enforcement is on neurotypical standards, too.
If You're A Cop And You Happen To Stop Someone Who Is Autistic
- DO NOT yell at them. You will make them more anxious.
- If they don't look you in the eye, it's not because they're guilty, it's just apart of the disorder.
- You will have to explain why you want them to follow your orders. 'Example, I need you to step out of the car so I can talk to you.'
- People with autism can and will display alike traits to someone on drugs. However, the person is NOT on drugs. Anxiety, stuttering, flapping etc. All of these behaviors are apart of their disorder. Most people on the autism spectrum will have an anxiety disorder.
- They need time to process and understand. Don't expect an answer right away.
- The sirens and flashing lights on your car can be a sensory trigger to them or a flashlight if you stop them at night.
- They are not aware of how their behavior can be seen by someone else because we don't have the ability to detect social cues.
- We don't understand how our actions cause people to react so it's important you explain in a positive matter. In general, we don't know how you may see a certain phrase.
- We take things literally so avoid literal phrases.