FL police to receive autism training

Posted at 8:30 AM, Mar 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-31 08:30:58-04

FLORIDA-- Police officers across the state will now receive autism awareness training.

The newly passed bill will develop ongoing training to help police officers recognize the behavior of autistic individuals, as well as to teach officers how to respond appropriately.

The push for legislation comes after a police shooting in north Miami last summer.

Police shot and injured an unarmed therapist while protecting his autistic client.

The autistic man had been the intended target in the shooting.

Following the shooting, advocates for autistic people called for more training for officers.