Page-2 | New Jersey police punish mentally disabled | Commentary | -- Your State. Your News.

Jun 02nd
  • Login
  • Create an account
  • Search
  • Local Business Deals

New Jersey police punish mentally disabled

On May 16, 2009, New Jersey State Troopers were searching for two burglary suspects and stopped a vehicle which turned out to be the wrong car. 21-year-old James Bayless was sitting in the passenger side of the vehicle when he was ordered to step out of the car. As a Traumatic Brain Injury patient, his response was delayed and the officer deemed it as much too slow. An eyewitness stated that she saw Bayless, who was now handcuffed, dragged out of the vehicle by two officers, thrown to the ground and punched in the face repeatedly by the officers.

The two cases would have received little scrutiny had they not been videotaped. Legislators, like Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver, would like to take action to prevent such events from happening in the future.

Interestingly, a few years ago former Assemblyman Fred Scalera sponsored a bill that would require first responders to be trained to deal with people with mental and behavioural disorders. Often, such individuals have communication deficits that make it difficult to respond to verbal commands. In the case of Bayliss and Holloway, they were punished because of their disabilities.

Tragically, being disabled may be a punishable offense in New Jersey!

Dr. Salvatore Pizzuro, a Disability Policy Specialist, holds a doctorate in Developmental Disabilities from Columbia University and an advanced degree in Disability Law from New York Law.


Many 'non-profit' organizations may be 'profit-making' conglomerates, after all

Tara’s Law is needed to protect disabled adults from abuse, neglect, exploitation

Valerie Huttle’s committee investigates the abuse of disabled adults

N.J. needs a Justice Center for protection of developmentally disabled

N.J. legislation finally protects school children with serious medical conditions

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s recall election has implications for N.J. public workers

Christie’s 'Comeback' increases child poverty 14 percent

New Jersey's 'Crosswalk Law' needs to be enforced

More families react: Christie's proposal to close N.J.'s developmental centers

Sen. Jennifer Beck proposes 'Rail Passenger Bill of Rights' for NJ Transit and Amtrak trains

N.J. autism rate increase shows need for immediate planning

Parents of disabled share fears about Christie's proposal to close developmental centers


Add your comment

Your name:

Follow/join us

Twitter: njnewsroom Linked In Group: 2483509