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    Autistic Man’s ‘Acting Odd’ Lands Him In Jail

    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Blake Wimberly lives in the dark, gripped by paranoia.

    The 28-year-old hides inside his small Dallas apartment because of fear that police will arrest him wherever he goes.

    “I see a cop right there, so that tells me that I should not be going outside not for nothing.”

    Wimberly is both autistic and schizophrenic ( a total wham bam), so he struggles with self-control.

    Despite his condition, Blake has progressed enough to live on his own. But his mother, Lori Lux, says a trip to a grocery store started a downward spiral. “I see a man who has shut down,” she said.

    The incident happened on April 28 at a Whole Foods store on Park Lane.

    Police reports say Blake was ‘acting odd,’ leading to customer complaints.

    Officers were called, and Blake was told to get out of an unauthorized area or be arrested. His response to officers was: “No, I have to call my mom.”

    That refusal led to Wimberly’s arrest for criminal trespassing even though he wore a medical alert bracelet and told officers about his condition.

    “I told them I had autism and he told me basically I was a liar.”

    “I asked them repeatedly, was he violent? Did he ever threaten? No, they all told me no he was just odd,” Lux said.

    She says she was in the shower when police called her that morning, but no one answered when she called back.

    It was more than 12 hours later when she was able to bring Blake home from jail. “I was mistreated in jail,” Blake said.

    “They have just totally turned our lives upside down for no reason,” added Lux.

    In a statement, Whole Foods defended the store’s actions, saying Blake was quote, “Running up and down the aisles and repeatedly going into areas of the store that are employee-only.”

    A spokesperson says Dallas police officers made the decision alone to take Blake to jail. Department officials did not return our calls for comment.

    Since the arrest, Blake relies on his mother for trips to grocery stores, but still has a compulsion to visit them.

    But the experience has made him fearful and reclusive. “I miss being welcome into places.”

    In criminal trespassing cases, DPD officers have the discretion to either issue a citation or make an arrest. Blake’s family says they are planning to file a lawsuit over what happened.

    Autistic Man’s ‘Acting Odd’ Lands Him In Jail « CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
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    poor guy. it's ridiculous that they arrested him. they could've talked to him, tried to calm him down and the police then could've escorted him home.
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    It's Dallas PD, I know HPD has a task force to deal with mental health calls but they are so overwhelmed it's insane (that was just wrong) hmmmmm I wonder who is more dickish though, Dallas or Houston?

    I posted about the man claiming to have red balls popped into his mouth and lasers shot at him while at Whole Foods, I swear that store attracts a higher number of crazies than most grocery stores.
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    A lawsuit? Really?

    The cops aren't mental health professionals. They can't determine or diagnose a condition on the spot. Their supposed to take the guys word for it?

    He was acting weird and repeatedly going into areas he was not supposed to and then refused to leave when the police asked him. So they arrested him to get him the hell out and then called his mom. They did their jobs. Where's the lawsuit?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CornFlakegrl View Post
    A lawsuit? Really?

    The cops aren't mental health professionals. They can't determine or diagnose a condition on the spot. Their supposed to take the guys word for it?

    He was acting weird and repeatedly going into areas he was not supposed to and then refused to leave when the police asked him. So they arrested him to get him the hell out and then called his mom. They did their jobs. Where's the lawsuit?
    I agree.

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    ^ Yep. It's a shame, really, because the guy is probably harmless, but how are the police supposed to know if he's a harmless nut or a dangerous one? They tried to contact his mom and couldn't reach her, what were they supposed to do? I'm sure it was a traumatic experience for him, but I don't know how that means he was "mistreated." They didn't say the cops harmed him physically.
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    Sad case, they had him on TV here for an interview. He was trying to tell them . To be fair, he was a possible danger to himself and others. He coiuld knock over a fragile elderly person or toddler or slip on something in the employee only area.
    Dallas police are not as feared as Houston. Sadly, right after our police chief took over, his own mentally ill son was shot and killed by police. His son was sick,sick,sick. He killed a man that just drove in a parking lot, then killed another police officer.
    So, while they are aware, they are also aware what can happen if someone goes way out there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CornFlakegrl View Post
    A lawsuit? Really?

    The cops aren't mental health professionals. They can't determine or diagnose a condition on the spot. Their supposed to take the guys word for it?

    He was acting weird and repeatedly going into areas he was not supposed to and then refused to leave when the police asked him. So they arrested him to get him the hell out and then called his mom. They did their jobs. Where's the lawsuit?
    To be fair it did say in the report that he's wearing one of those med-alert braclets.

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    Sad case, they had him on TV here for an interview. He was trying to tell them . To be fair, he was a possible danger to himself and others. He coiuld knock over a fragile elderly person or toddler or slip on something in the employee only area.
    Dallas police are not as feared as Houston. Sadly, right after our police chief took over, his own mentally ill son was shot and killed by police. His son was sick,sick,sick. He killed a man that just drove in a parking lot, then killed another police officer.
    So, while they are aware, they are also aware what can happen if someone goes way out there.
    Dallas Police Chief's Son Killed in Shootout - CBS News
    THats one way to keep the health care bill down... Does sound like he was out of control though, unlike this guy...
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