Preston Wolf, 17, was verbally accosted and punched by a police officer in Vacaville, California.
On April 21, 2021, Preston Wolf, a teenager with autism, was aggressively approached by a police officer. The officer screamed at him to sit down which he did. The officer then moved toward Wolf, threw his scooter and got in his face. Wolf’s father said Preston became fearful. The officer went to touch Wolf. At this point, Wolf was confused and afraid and moved away from the officer.
After that the officer grabbed Wolf and threw him on the ground. Once on the ground, the officer climbed on top of Wolf and punched him in the face. All of this was witnessed by multiple neighbors and caught on video. In the video you can hear Preston telling the officer to “call his parents.” As the video shows, Preston begged for the officer to stop and his only response was, “Don’t make me hurt you more!”
The parents of the victim are now asking for the officer to be held accountable.
MASS MEDIA ABOUT THE CASE:
“My 17-year-old son, Preston, has Autism and ADHD,” Adam wrote. “He looks and acts younger than he is. Everyone he meets, thinks he is younger than he is.’”
“We’re very sorry to hear that Preston expressed that,” Sgt. Katie Cardona said. “The officer was not aware the individual was a special needs individual.”
The initiative group has requested the clarification from US President Joseph Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland. The initiative group believes it is important to fight against police brutality and, if necessary, will provide legal and financial assistance to the family of the victim.