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Minn. Cop Who Beat Autistic Teen Fired

A Metro Transit officer accused of attacking an autistic teen has been let go from his position.

Howie Padilla, a spokesperson for Metro Transit, said the officer was fired because he did not pass probation.

The alleged incident took place on Sept. 1 at the University of Lexington light rail station in St. Paul.

Maria Caldwell told the media outlet that her son, 17-year-old Marcus Abrams, was standing on the train tracks before police approached him. The teen said he was listening to music and did not hear everything they said.

Abrams, along with two other friends, were on their way home after working at the Minnesota State Fair. He says the officers accused him of being drunk or using drugs. During the assault Abrams had a seizure.

The incident was recorded on camera.

“One grabbed my arm and the other one grabbed my wrist and I told them to get off me — I did nothing wrong,” Abrams told KARE 11. “They just slammed me right on the ground. I tried to get them off me and (one officer had his) whole body on my whole face and I couldn’t breathe.”

Padilla said that as a result of the incident, special classes for Metro Transit officers to help them recognize abnormal behavior and those living with mental illness have been put in place.

The Minneapolis chapter of the NAACP called for the officer’s dismissal after Marcus Abrams was assaulted.