St. Paul, Minnesota, Transit Officer Who Beat 17-Year-Old Autistic Teen Gets Fired

A photo of Marcus Abrams, 17, taken shortly after the incident with a St. Paul, Minn., Metro Transit officer Sept. 1. KARE 11
A photo of Marcus Abrams, 17, taken shortly after the incident with a St. Paul, Minn., Metro Transit officer Sept. 1.
KARE 11

The Metro Transit officer accused of attacking a teen who lives with autism has been dismissed.

Metro Transit spokesperson Howie Padilla said the officer was fired because he did not pass probation. Padilla said the officer became a full time transit officer in March.

The alleged incident happened September 1 at the University and Lexington light rail station in St. Paul.

Maria Caldwell told KARE 11 that her son, 17-year-old Marcus Abrams. was standing on the train tracks moments before police approached him. The teen says he was wearing headphones and couldn’t hear everything police said. Marcus and two other friends were traveling home after working at the Minnesota State Fair.

The teen maintains that officers accused him of being intoxicated or using drugs. During the assault, which was recorded on camera, Abrams had a seizure.

“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.”

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Source: KARE | Adrienne Broaddus