Name: Kenneth French.
Died: June 14, 2019.
Age at death: 32.
Cause of death: Police shooting (Unarmed).
Location: Corona, California, USA.
Kenneth French’s cousin describes him as “non-aggressive, non-violent, non-verbal.” Kenneth could drive, cook breakfast, and sometimes worked part-time jobs. Although not explicitly called autistic in the news articles, Kenneth was unable to communicate using speech, an ability he had been gradually losing over the years, had a mild intellectual disability, and behaved like a “functioning autistic adult”.
Although a recent change in medication had him off-kilter, Kenneth and his parents had gone to Costco and were standing in line for samples. Perhaps deliberately, perhaps not, he pushed one of the other customers in line. Unbeknownst to him, the man was an off-duty police officer.
Kenneth’s father tried to intervene, explaining that Kenneth had a mental disability; but the officer pulled his gun and fatally shot Kenneth, who was unarmed. He also shot Kenneth’s parents, Russel and Paola, in the back. They were hospitalized in critical condition and, after a long recovery, survived.
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