Roland Campbell

Roland CampbellName: Roland Campbell
Died: April 18, 2010
Age at death: 21
Cause of death: Suffocation during restraint
Location: Lexington, Kentucky, USA

Details:
Roland, a non-verbal autistic man, lived with his family and attended an adult day-care center. His family recognized that his meltdowns were often a form of communication; his brother told reporters that "…that's the only way he can communicate if something was wrong, but by us growing up and understanding him, we understood what he was looking for, so we kind of knew what he needed and what he wanted, if he was sick, if he wasn't, or just hungry or something like that."

Staff at the adult day-care center weren't so perceptive. When Roland had a meltdown, breaking things and overturning tables, instead of trying to figure out what he was saying they called the police. Police pinned Roland to the floor, putting so much pressure on him that he could not breathe.

No one has been disciplined for Roland's death.

References:
Autopsy Little Comfort For Autistic Man's Family
Action: Coroner won’t investigate death of autistic man who was held down by 2 cops and a caretaker at group home
Coroner: No inquest in case of autistic man who died in police custody
Mother wants answers in autistic son's death while in police custody

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