AGWs Hut! Hut! Hut! Autistic Teen Girl

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Here’s an especially appalling story about a pair of Riverside, CA armed government workers who brutally “took down” a 19-year old autistic girl whose only “crime” was ignoring their illegal orders.

Michelle Chartrand, 19, was walking home from school – not an illegal act, yet – when she was accosted by AGWs, who began asking questions and demanded she identify herself.

According to the Desert Sun:

On Aug. 30, 2018, Chartrand was dropped off by her mother at Summit High School in La Quinta to attend a job training for people with learning disabilities. Soon after arriving, two Desert Sands Unified School District security officers received reports that Chartrand had left campus and was walking home, according to the complaint (subsequently filed by her parents in U.S. District Court).

Chartrand told The Desert Sun last year that she struggles with academics, grew upset during the training and decided she needed to walk to her home, which was about three blocks from the school.

According to the Sun, school security called AGWs, who confronted her and when she tried to walk by them, was violently grabbed by the AGWs, who ululated their usual “stop resisting!” while hurling the girl to the pavement.

According to the lawsuit:

Plaintiff Michelle Chartrand—an autistic member of the Riverside community—suffered injuries as a result of an encounter with law-enforcement officers at her school. Despite having no reason to forcibly detain and arrest Plaintiff—and fully aware of her disability—officers for the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department wrestled with Plaintiff, tackled her to the ground, handcuffed her, and caused her head to strike the concrete pavement. Plaintiff suffered injuries as a result. She requests a jury trial to pursue justice on the claims detailed in this complaint.

The AGWs claim is that they acted to keep Chartrand “safe.”

AGW spokesman Chris Wilson told media in the aftermath of the incident that the two AGS merely “… attempted to contact the woman, however, she walked past one of the officers and onto Fred Waring Drive, directly toward the morning traffic.” 

Chartrand denies this, stating:

“I pressed the crosswalk button and waited for the walking icon to pop up,” she told The Desert Sun last year. The sheriff’s deputies “thought I was acting crazy, but I wasn’t. I looked both ways before I crossed the road.”

Regardless, the fact is Chartrand committed no criminal act; was not suspected of any criminal activity. She was walking down the sidewalk, minding her own business – and as a 19-year-old, was a legal adult and under no obligation to speak with or even slow down for the AGWs.

She had every right to attempt to walk past them – and the AGWs had no right to put their hands on her, let alone hurl her bodily onto the pavement.

But her rights – and yours and mine – are meaningless in the face of the unlegislated but very real “law” that we must Submit & Obey. That AGWs are the “law” – and we disobey the “law” at our peril.

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  1. More proof that schools are prisons; she left the grounds on her own so therefore – prison break! call out the guards! Which they did, and this poor girl got a beat down just because that’s the way it goes these days. I sincerely hope a family member tracks down the AGW’s responsible for this and returns the favor in spades.

  2. These stories always make my blood boil. Many years ago, I worked as a mental health tech, and was on the hospital’s Code Rush team (code rush was the hospital’s code for a combative person who may be a danger to themselves or others). I was trained to first do everything possible to DE-ESCALATE the situation. If, and only if, all attempts to de-escalate fail, or if the person attacks someone or attempts to harm themselves, we would take that person down in such a way as to minimize the possibility of injury to themselves or us. We NEVER struck anyone, and I’m proud to say that I very seldom had to actually take anyone down, and the few that I did, the only injury ever was a psychotic old woman who managed to scratch my wrist with her nails.

    Many of those attracted to costumed thuggery for fun and profit, on the other hand, seem to be trained to do the exact opposite. Barking orders and demanding instant compliance is almost guaranteed to make a situation worse. And when the situation inevitably escalates due to their own actions, they lash out with unnecessary force. Like most sociopaths, they seem to get a thrill from hurting others, and appear to seek out the opportunity to do so.

    I grew up in the 70’s and 80’s, and was taught to respect cops. But now I despise them. Back then most cops were still more Andy Griffith. Now they’re Barney Fifes equipped with the latest tacticool military gear and a license to kill. American AGWs are far worse than third world cops who, while also thugs, are usually only looking for a small bribe, not to get a sexual thrill from beating or killing someone.

  3. Hey, look on the bright side. They only slammed her head into the concrete and handcuffed her for no reason. At least they didn’t roll up in an MRAP dressed in Level IV body armor and shoot her in the head with an M4 (which is illegal for non-cop Californians to possess).

    And they didn’t shoot her dog (yet), either!

  4. Every time something like this happens, you wonder why heroes never seem to know what to do with people with very common disabilities like being deaf, mental problems, medical problems that cause episodes or simply just wanting to be left alone. Aren’t these supposed to be highly trained public servants? I think most people think they are. It’s a very wrong assumption.

    It just shows how little training of any kind that heroes have.

    I think people would be appalled how little training it takes to get a badge, paycheck, a taser, a semi automatic weapon, and a souped up Dodge Charger.

    Do heroes have much weapons training? Nope, not much. Some get none after the police academy*.
    Do heroes have much medical training? Many don’t have any.
    Do heroes know the law? Don’t get me started.

    Of course we could have better training. It’s only a start, since it doesn’t do anything about bullies that shouldn’t even be in the business.

    *no, not the movie

    • Amen, Rich –

      Bear in mind that most AGWs are low-IQ types who go into this line of “work” because it allows them to rise above their station, as it were. Most lack the brains or the decency to be good garbage collectors.

  5. It would sure upset me if these AGWs were tracked down and burnt alive on this holy day. I pray for their continued safety and thank them for their selfless acts of heroism.

      • Eight,

        You lost me.

        Where are the “heros” coming from.

        The speaker seems to want to raise taxes to spend on combining prisons and schools.

        The architects already do this. Generally the same architect will design the local schools and prisons.

        • The speaker was speaking of no family life being the cause of criminals. They don’t all get caught and charged with murder and for the most part, those who do that wear a badge are just doing what they didn’t learn not to do at home.