The 13-year-old unarmed autistic boy was shot dead multiple times by Salt Lake City police officers while he suffered a nervous breakdown over his mother, who is returning to work after being suspended
- Golda Barton called the police on Friday for a mental crisis intervention team
- She said she told officers that Linden Cameren was unarmed when she arrived
- The police told her to wait outside at home and five minutes later she heard gunshots
- & # 39; He is a young child. Why didn't you just tackle him? & # 39; She said in a later television interview
A 13-year-old autistic boy was shot multiple times after his mother asked the police for help when he suffered a mental breakdown in Salt Lake City.
Golda Barton called the police for a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) when her son Linden Cameren, who has Asperger's, was suffering from severe separation anxiety because she went back to work.
Barton said police had told her that the CIT at her home in the Glendale neighborhood would "de-escalate the situation with as little violence as possible."
But she said that less than five minutes after the police arrived, she heard a police officer yell at the boy "Get on the ground" before several shots were fired.
Linden Cameren, of Glendale, Salt Lake City, Utah, was shot dead by police multiple times Friday night after his mother sought help with a psychiatric episode
Linden Cameren, who remains in the hospital, sustained injuries to her shoulders, ankles, bowels and bladder
Golda Barton said to KUTV: “He is a small child. Why didn't you just tackle him? He is a baby He has mental problems. & # 39;
Barton said to KUTV, “I said he's unarmed, he has nothing, he just gets angry and he starts screaming and screaming. He's a kid trying to get attention, he doesn't know how to regulate. & # 39;
She added, “He is a young child. Why didn't you just tackle him? He is a baby He has mental problems. & # 39;
She said the officers told her to wait outside while they entered the property and shortly after hearing the gunfire.
Barton said she thought her son was dead because officers didn't immediately say what happened.
She also claims she heard one of the officers say to the other, "He's just a kid, what are you doing?"
Linden Cameren, who remains in the hospital, sustained injuries to her shoulders, ankles, bowels and bladder.
The Salt Lake City Police Department, which is investigating the circumstances, said they had been called on to report a "violent mental health problem" and that the teen was "threatening some people with a gun".
There was no indication that a gun had been found, but police said they were not sure if there wasn't one.
Golda Barton said she called the police when her autistic son had a nervous breakdown because she wanted to get back to work
Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall said in a statement on Sunday, “Although the full details of this incident are not yet known as an investigation is underway, I will say that I am grateful that this young man is alive and that nobody is was injured.
"Regardless of the circumstances, what happened Friday night is a tragedy and I expect this investigation to be carried out quickly and transparently for everyone involved."
Linden Cameren's father shut down immediately after the news from Iowa, Barton said.
"He's a great father," she told KUTV.
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