Non-verbal, autistic black man, 20, who wears diaper and has mental capacity of four year-old is filmed being tased to the ground by Florida cops after white woman accused him of rattling her door
- Police bodycam footage captured the moment autistic black man Louis Grahai, 20, was tasered by officers in a Florida neighborhood
- Eustis Police were called Saturday when a white female neighbor reported that Grahai was rattling her door and mistook it for a burglary attempt
- Grahai is non-verbal and is said to have the mental capacity of a four-year-old
- He was taken to the hospital with neck and ear damage after he was tasered and pinned to the ground by the two yelling officers
- Grahai’s family are devastated by the police confrontation, and say that he is completely harmless
- Eustis Police say they tried to deescalate the situation with the information they had, and that they’d have altered their techniques had they known more
- Grahai was released on Tuesday morning and remains in a neck brace
Shocking bodycam footage captured the moment a non-verbal black man who has autism and the mental capacity of a four year-old was tased by Florida cops after he was accused by a white woman of trying to break into her home.
Louis Grahai, 20, of Eustis, Florida, was filmed being screamed at by two cops on Saturday, before being tased and restrained as he lay silently on the ground.
Police arrived at the scene after a white woman claimed that Grahai was rattling her door which she had mistook for a burglary attempt.
The confused Grahai was then seen tasered to the ground by two officers after they found him walking barefoot in the neighborhood.
Louis Grahai, a severely autistic 20-year-old man, was captured being tased on the bodycam footage of a Eustic Police officer
The officers were also seen yelling commands at Grahai and even pinned him to the ground as they attempted to put his hands behind his back
Grahai was taken to the hospital with neck and ear damage after he was both tased and pinned to the ground by the officers
The bodycam footage revealed officers pointing their taser guns at the defenseless Grahai as he sat in the middle of the street.
‘Get on your stomach dude,’ one of the officers was heard yelling in the footage.
‘I don’t want to do it again, get on your stomach, roll over. Hands behind your back. Put your hands behind your back.’
The officers then ran up to the unresponsive Grahai as they forcibly attempted to put his hands behind his back.
A 911 call was placed to the officers after a woman had complained that the non-verbal Grahai was rattling her door which she mistook for a burglary attempt
Other officers were later seen removing the cuffs of the confused Grahai
Grahai’s family later arrived to the scene in shock as they witnessed him being pinned to the ground with blood coming out of his ear.
His family also noted that Grahai, who is over six feet tall and still wears diapers, rarely wanders from home.
‘Everybody loves Lou. He’s lovable, everybody knows he ain’t going to hurt nobody,’ Grahai’s mother Roberta Crew told WESH 2.
Crew also described to the network what she saw when she arrived at the scene.
‘And I seen my baby on the ground with Tasers. One taser in the back of his neck, on the side of his neck, his eardrum is bleeding,’ she added.
Grahai’s mother Roberta Crew said that she witnessed her son being pinned to the ground by officers with Tasers in his neck and a bleeding eardrum
Crew’s son was taken to the hospital as he sustained damage to his neck and ear.
He was released on Tuesday morning and has to wear a neck brace. It is unclear if any criminal charges have been filed – or if the cops involved in the arrest will face disciplinary action.
‘He don’t speak. I can’t imagine. He can’t even holler out and cry to tell you you’re hurting him,’ Crew said.
‘If he didn’t went down when you tell him to. What is the next thing you’re going to to? Shoot him. That’s my worst nightmare, something happening to him.’
Eustis Police Chief Craig Capri said that his officers were doing the best they could in the situation
Eustice Police Chief Craig Capri said that the officers were doing the best they could in the situation, but added that had they known that Grahai was severely autistic, they’d likely have approached the encounter differently.
‘De-escalation was used here, based on the knowledge they had at the time,’ Capri told NBC Orlando.
‘Had they’d known this was a severely autistic person, I doubt any force would have been used.
‘I think they did everything right. It could have been a lot worse. Thank God it wasn’t.’