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Film shines spotlight on tragic death of disabled man in police custody

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detained and took a man into protective custody one evening in 2007, the officers on the scene were not aware he had an intellectual disabilit

2007 and happens again in last year, it just keep happening in Japanese hostage justice system.

https://japantoday.com/category/crime/diabetic-detainee-dies-in-police-custody-after-not-eating-for-3-days-or-being-given-medication

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Having someone with similar disabilities in my family it always scares me how people are so unaware of that people can look "normal" but be far from it. expecting people to act in a certain way around cops although it can be a stressful situation even for a "normal" person. I guess at least they are not as trigger happy as in the US.

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Very interesting read in this article and definitely pikes the interest in seeing the film, it makes it very clear how complicated and difficult to solve the problem of police treatment of disabled people. I really hope it becomes a popular thing to view and it can help preventing the same thing happening in the future by facilitating proper training and preparation of the police so they can deal with this situation in a better way.

Police officers would be also beneficiaries of better training, I think any would be very happy to avoid being responsible of a death like the one in the article by being able to react better.

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Drunk they say but no smell of alcohol. My brother with a required brain injury walk with strange gate after his injury plus his conivtive ability was of a 13 year old he was able to life by himself with daily assistance. Once the copper where tuned into misfortune they were the most helpful but it take many arrest and years before the local force were turned in brothers way of life often give him a lift home from the pub lol when he was drunk. They became his mate and his best protection. But it took years

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How is riding a bicycle ‘suspicious’?

The fact is that the police in Japan are heavy handed only on those that they know are most likely not to resist.

The police are never a block away from me stopping people riding bicycles down the one-way street-almost hit the other day too!

But suspicion seems to trump dangerous actions in Japan,for some reason…

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But how do you even able to see if the person is suffering from a intellectual disability or not? The police ain't freaking psychics. The guy was acting suspicious, attempting to run and then fiercely resisting arrest. For all they know the man could have been a criminal, been under the influence of drugs or alcohol. And even if he said anything, it could have been just a act to get away from the police. There are cases where criminals intentionally act stupid to get out of trouble. So you cannot blame the police for doing their job. This whole thing was a unfortunate tragic incident. But the police didn't do anything wrong.

The best solution to prevent something like this from happening again might be if people with intellectual disability are accompany by others when they travel or at least carry some kind of paper or proof of their disability on them.

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How is riding a bicycle ‘suspicious’?

For them anything can be considered 'suspicious' whenever they want that, it doesn't matter either that rider is foreigners or someone with disability.

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I guess at least they are not as trigger happy as in the US.

I think that is a stereotype. Death shootings are taken very seriously in US.

The police ain't freaking psychics.

It doesn't matter, the police does not have the right to kill anyone in their custody! This man was not even armed!

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I think that is a stereotype. Death shootings are taken very seriously in US.

Well the US has 28 killings by police per 10mil a year, Japan has 0.2

It might be taken seriously, but cops often get out of it without having to take any responsibility, as even a hint of feeling threatened is seen as a reason for them to use deadly violence, in many cases just saying something looked like a gun will work. In most countries using your gun or even pulling it out is almost unheard of, and anything but getting directly shot at where a deadly shooting happens will end up in court. Of course it has a lot to do with that in the US anyone can have a gun on them at any time, so it's understandable that police is a bit on the edge, but yeah wouldn't want to have kids on the spectrum living over there.

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In my experience, police officers in Japan are, generally speaking, poorly trained. (although I have had some very good experiences with them in the past).

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I did a Youtube search to watch the doc but it wasn't there. A link in the article would have been helpful.

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