Undercover cop tricks autistic teen into buying pot

An undercover cop from the Riverside Sheriff's Department pressured a teen with autism, Tourette Syndrome, and bipolar syndrome to buy a tiny amount of pot for him, then arrested him and got him expelled from school. What a shameful thing to do.

The ordeal began on the first day of school last fall. The family had just moved to a new neighborhood and their son began his senior year at a new school, Chaparral High, in the Temecula Valley Unified School District. Their son rarely socialized, so his mom was thrilled when he announced that he had made a new friend in art class on the first day of school.

"We were so excited. I told him he should ask his friend to come over for pizza and play video games," says Catherine Snodgrass, "but his new friend always had an excuse."

His new friend, who went under the name of Daniel Briggs, was known as "Deputy Dan" to many students because it was so apparent to them that he was an undercover officer. However, to their son, whose disabilities make it hard for him to gauge social cues, Dan was his only real friend.

Dan reportedly sent 60 text messages to their son begging for drugs. According to his parents, the pressure to buy drugs was too much for the autistic teen who began physically harming himself.

Riverside Cop Tricks Autistic Teen into Buying Pot

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  1. You are wrong. You are SO wrong it hurts. I pity your clients if this is the attitude you genuinely hold. PTSD is NOT the exclusive purview of combat veterans or rape survivors. Anyone who suffers a traumatic shock to their system or way of life can end up suffering.
    When you look at this kid's experience it's entirely reasonable to consider it as a possibility. His entire world was shattered. He was arrested and held for 2 days, his only friend deceived him, he's been kicked out of school, one of the major parts of his routine, went to court and faced a trial, all based on a lie. That would be traumatic to anyone, let alone someone who is on the autistic spectrum.

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