On Tuesday, April 30th, the courts finally convicted the Minneapolis police officer who killed Justine Ruszczyk. After a month-long trial, the shooter, a jury convicted “Mr. Noor” on charges of third-degree murder and manslaughter. These together carry a maximum sentence of around 35 years, but he will likely not receive it.
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With the arrival of April is the arrival of Autism Acceptance Month. Autism (also called ASD) is a neurological condition which affects speech, the senses, and perceptions. Autism Acceptance Month is about treating autistic people like regular members of society, with decency and respect. It calls attention to the way educators, caregivers, the world mistreat autistic people. Further, it seeks to open up a conversation on how to better make spaces that are welcoming for autistic people. It raises awareness about the abuse neuro-atypicals suffer. Yet, when you search “Autism” on google the first three results are links to the long-standing hate group Autism Speaks.
A failing mental health system is fully to blame for the recent tragedy.