Body cam video shows school resource officer pinning, handcuffing student with autism

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A Texas couple is demanding answers after newly-released body camera footage shows a school resource officer handcuffing and pinning their autistic son to the ground.

The incident happened back in April at Alexander Elementary school in Denton, but the school district is just now releasing the video.

In the video, Emily and Robert Brown’s son Thomas is backed into a cubby, picked up and dumped into a quiet place called the “soar room.” Thomas is then handcuffed and pinned to the ground.

“It makes me feel helpless,” Robert Brown told KTVT.

Police say Thomas kicked and spit on the resource officer, but Emily Brown said that’s no excuse for what the resource officer did.

“He’s scared,” she said. “He’s got a lot of anxiety because the very people I told him to trust, he can’t.”

According to KTVT, the Denton Independent School District said the resource officer followed protocol and the city of Denton said no laws or policies were broken after completing a review of the incident.

“The decision to use restraints was made only when the child posed a serious threat to himself or others. Once the child was calm, the restraints were removed,” a statement from the city reads.

The Browns are considering taking legal action against both the school district and the police department.

“It’s disgusting that this officer is put there to protect and serve our children and he abused a disabled little boy,” Emily Brown said. “He showed no compassion in that room.”

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