What happens to you when you’re autistic and police shoot your therapist, who is black?

Emily Willingham

About Emily Willingham

Emily Willingham (@ejwillingham) is AHCJ's core topic leader on the social determinants of health. She is a science journalist whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Wall Street Journal, Scientific American, and Forbes, among others, and co-author of "The Informed Parent: A Science-Based Guide to Your Child's First Four Years."

Photo: Heather Vogell/ProPublicaCarlton Palms’ isolated campus of group homes and classrooms sits on a lake and includes some modular units.

The answer to that question comes in an 8-episode Aftereffect podcast, which begins with the day that Arnaldo Rios Soto was playing with a silver truck outside of his group home in Florida, accompanied by his therapist, Charles Kinsey.

A passerby in a car thought the truck was a gun and called the police on Rios Soto, who was 26 years old at the time.

Law enforcement arrived, and as Kinsey sought to communicate the situation to them while lying on his back in the street with his hands in the air, an officer shot him in the leg.

Kinsey survived, but Rios Soto was left without his beloved therapist and was immediately committed involuntarily to a psychiatric ward for 35 days. The Aftereffect series follows his fate through a disability care system that takes him to a notorious facility in Florida that the state refuses to close.

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