Autism spectrum disorder

MGN Online

Governor Rick Scott recently signed a bill into law requiring autism awareness training for Florida’s law enforcement officers. But, some may not see the merits of the new law—that gained traction after a high profile incident last year.

Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo
Nick Evans

Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo has criticized an autism awareness training proposal for law enforcement officers in the Florida Legislature as “feel-good legislation.” 

Florida Sheriffs Association

Leon County Sheriff Walt McNeil says local deputies are committed to strengthening their ability to respond to mental health emergencies. 

MGN Online

The Florida House has voted to expand autism awareness training for law enforcement. Support for the issue amped up this session after a North Miami officer shot at an autistic man he thought was dangerous.

Florida Channel

A bill requiring autism awareness training for law enforcement officers is now heading to the House floor.

Screenshot of the Video provided by Charles Kinsey's attorney, Hilton Napolean.

A bill requiring autism awareness training for law enforcement officers is starting to move in both chambers of the Florida Legislature. It comes after a high profile incident that occurred in South Florida last year involving a black man, an autistic man, and law enforcement.

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Caught on cell phone videos and magnified by social media, law enforcement incidents dominate the news. Some Florida lawmakers are working on a host of measures to rebuild the relationship between police and the public.