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Calls for more police training to spot autism


NORTH MIAMI, Fla. (AP) -- Advocates for autistic people hope this week's police shooting that involved an autistic man will lead to more training for officers so they can learn how to diffuse such situations.

North Miami police officers shot and wounded an autistic man's therapist as he tried to coax the man back to a group home. The officers' union says an officer fired because he thought the metal object in the autistic man's hand was a gun and he was about to shoot the therapist. The object was a toy truck.

Officials with the Autism Society and Autism Speaks say only a fraction of officers nationally have been trained to recognize autism.

Therapist Charles Kinsey is recovering from his wound. Local and state agencies are investigating the shooting.

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