Eric Torell

Photo of Eric Torell, a young man with Down syndrome; he has fair hair in a short buzz cut, and is wearing glasses and a jacket and T-shirt. He is smiling at the camera and his glasses are slipping down his nose.Name: Eric Torell.
Died: August 2, 2018.
Age at death: 20.
Cause of death: Police shooting (Holding toy gun).
Location: Stockholm, Sweden.

Eric had Down syndrome and autism; he didn’t speak much, but he could say the word “Mum”.

When he left home, his family reported him missing. But when the police found him, Eric was holding a cheap plastic toy gun; so when he didn’t respond to commands to put down the gun and lie on the ground, the police shot him dead.

“You can see a mile away he’s got Down syndrome… he wasn’t capable of being threatening,” his mother said. “The only thing he could do was to hug and kiss.”

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