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Cops Kill Man With Asperger’s Whose Viral Video Touched Millions — Family Sues

Mesa, AZ — Kayden Clarke, 24, brought tears to the internet’s eyes after he posted a video of what he felt like with Asperger’s syndrome. However, less than a year later, this inspiring young man’s life was brought to a grinding halt by police.

In the video, Clarke recorded himself during one of his ‘meltdowns,’ which showed him trying to punch himself, but being comforted by his Rottweiler instead.

“This is what having Asperger’s is like,” he wrote with the video. His legal name at the time of this video and his death was Danielle Jacobs, but Clarke was transitioning from a woman to a man, his friends said.

“When I have a meltdown, I often have self-injurious behavior and I often self-harm,” he said in an interview with the Huffington Post in 2015.

This open conversation about his Asperger’s syndrome seemed to have been therapeutic for Clarke. However, on that fateful Thursday morning, almost one year ago today, things would take a turn for the worse.

Clarke’s mom has since filed a lawsuit in Arizona Superior Court.

According to Mesa police, they received a call about a suicidal person around 11 a.m. — it was Clarke’s friend who’d just received an email from him saying “Take care of Sampson.” Sampson is the dog seen in the viral video.

When officers responded to Clarke’s apartment, they say he stated that he had a knife and was going to hurt himself. At this time, police claim, Clarke moved toward them with a knife, causing them to fear for their lives and they both fired their duty weapons.

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Apparently, simply backing up was not an option — nor was waiting for the other officer who had just gone back outside to retrieve a beanbag gun.

Clark was “clearly confused and terrified” and screamed at the officers that he “would not be taken back to the psychiatric ward or be medicated,” the lawsuit says.

After they shot Clarke, an ambulance was called, and he was transported to a hospital where doctors tried to close his wounds. Unfortunately, they were unsuccessful and later in the evening, his family received word that he did not make it.

Speaking with the NY Daily News last year, his mother, Stacia, said that this was completely unexpected and she was shocked.

“I talked to her last night and the night before and she seemed fine.

“Before the police arrived she wasn’t posing a threat to the community at all. And the police came into her own place.

“They shot and killed a 24-year-old autistic, mentally ill individual whom they had been familiar with and were aware of her special needs.”

No officers were hurt, and none of them were wearing body cameras to back up their story.

Just as Clarke’s mother said last year, the lawsuit also details how police have dealt with Clarke in the past. They knew about his mental and developmental issues. But instead of talking Clarke down, “the situation escalated dramatically and nonsensically,” the lawsuit states.

“They cornered [Clarke] in a small darkened room. Instead of trying to calm [him], the officers drew and pointed their guns in the dark and shouted demands, terrifying [Clarke],” the lawsuit said.

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The lawsuit now seeks unspecified damages for the wrongful death of Clarke and for “emotional pain, distress, hardship, suffering, shock, worry, anxiety, sleeplessness and suffering.”

As the Free Thought Project has pointed out in the past, the overwhelming majority of time spent by police during training is devoted to shooting their weapons. Very little time is set aside for training in de-escalation tactics, and most departments receive zero training in dealing with the mentally ill.

In fact, a study by the Virginia-based Treatment Advocacy Center, an organization dedicated to eliminating the barriers faced by those with severe mental illnesses, released a jaw-dropping report titled, Overlooked in the Undercounted: The Role of Mental Illness in Fatal Law Enforcement Encounters. In the report, researchers discovered that people with an untreated mental illness are 16 times more likely to be killed during an interaction with police than anyone else.

According to the study, by all accounts – official and unofficial – a minimum of 1 in 4 fatal police encounters ends the life of an individual with severe mental illness.

Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. and now on Steemit

  • doucyet

    Expect these results every time a knife is pulled on folks that have guns…………

    • billdeserthills

      The knife was never ‘pulled’ it was in the dead person’s hand the whole time

      • doucyet

        And that makes the knife less lethal?

        “When officers responded to Clarke’s apartment, they say he stated that he had a knife and was going to hurt himself. At this time, police claim, Clarke moved toward them with a
        knife”

        • billdeserthills

          So what, he never did ‘pull a knife’ on the cops, as you say
          also the knife in question never hurt even a single pos liar cunt cop, so it couldn’t have been too deadly

          • doucyet

            At some point during contact with the subject the knife was brandished, pulled, shown, exhibited, exposed……..pick the verb you prefer. Then he moved toward the officers.

            Myself I wouldn’t wait until the knife was embedded in my side to determine if it was lethal or not………you on the other hand (being the bad ass that you are) I guess would?

          • Jack O’malley

            hey, douche-ette, we’re not talking about the incredible hulk here- we have a 90 pound weakling that invoked fear in these clueless cowards- sounds exactly like what you are

          • doucyet

            You and bill get together and while you’re jacking each other off see what it takes to plunge a knife into your respective necks.

          • billdeserthills

            You should take your little fantasy along with ya douch-nozzle
            The story says the dead person called the popo and said she/he was gonna kill her/himself
            with a knife, so only a fucking retard would be surprised to find that she/he had a fucking knife, in the first place
            you dumb cunt of a cop-sucking asshole

          • doucyet

            Dude……….put down the bong!

          • billdeserthills

            I haven’t picked it up yet cop licker

          • doucyet

            Then you need to read that last comment before you do!

          • billdeserthills

            Honestly I find your backing of the police to be alarming.
            I have been hassled to no end by a hole cops for 30+ years (I’m 52 presently)
            Cops are known to be trouble, in fact they are correctly identified as the largest gang problem in Our
            country today. I believe that the police actually cause more crime than they solve

          • doucyet

            Have you ever asked yourself, why the hassle for 30+ years?

          • billdeserthills

            I understand the reason(s) why most police are fucking scum, but I don’t get why you began backing them up??

          • doucyet

            Because I’ve been around 11 years longer than you and I’ve had my run-ins with the law also. And you know what…….every time……..it was because I was doing something wrong! Every Single Time!

          • billdeserthills

            You sound like a fucking cop pos–Disgusting

          • doucyet

            And you sound like a dumb ass, looking for excuses.

          • billdeserthills

            If the cops are so smart, why have I been pulled over hundreds of times but only have 2 priors?
            You are a dumbass and I’ll take sounding dumb over being a copsucking pos like yourself anyday

          • doucyet

            You tell me. Why have you been pulled over “hundreds” of times?

          • billdeserthills

            My driving primarily, I used to drive too crazy. My Dad was always telling me to slow down & drive the speed limit. The real fact is I was never really in a hurry to get to my destination, but I always enjoyed driving too fast.
            Plus people don’t realize but the police will put you on a list, if they decide you are really a problem. Once you get on their list you will need a different car, or a paint job to get out of their view.

            You haven’t always been on my copsucker list, I recall upvoting your comments many times in the past.
            Something seems to have changed in you, old man

          • doucyet

            While I can sympathize with mental illness, life threatening is what it is. I don’t care if it’s a pregnant mom, a 15 year old kid, an 80 year old man or the pastor of my church………if they come at me with a knife and there’s no way out, I shoot (given the chance.) It’s me or them. And if they be the aggressor……….to bad for them!

          • billdeserthills

            Then why even call the police out for an occasion such as this, it only serves the mortuary??

            I’ll tell you the last time I called the police–Where my last home was someone used to set off a bomb, about once every 4 weeks, in the desert across from the house. Last time I heard it go off I called 911, but the dispatcher said all available units were busy, so I told her not to worry about it, cause I just remembered that I had my own gun & I would take care of it myself–two cop cars screeched up just minutes later! Unfortunately they were 100% unconcerned with the reason I had called, but they wanted to look over my gun collection instead. I pointed at the ‘no trespassing’ sign and asked them to read it, they told me next time they come out, they would be bringing their rifles, I told them mine were already here. I won’t be calling the police again, let someone else do that.

          • Brent Fisher

            Not all people who are mentally ill come at you with a knife, but everyone who comes at a person with a knife who had no previous quarrel are the mentally insane. Gas them and put them in ovens where they so desire to be. There existence is a threat the the ecosystem and sanity of planet earth. Lynch them all for God will know his own.

          • doucyet
          • billdeserthills

            How many times has anyone come at you with a knife you copsucking retard??

          • doucyet

            Other than in training, never. Good thing too, because if I got to weapon quick enough they’d be shot.

          • doucyet

            You see………..isn’t that refreshing! You admit that your actions brought on most of your troubles with the law. Of course you are put on a “list”, just the same way you put a jackass like me on your list. Until you realize that the problems may be some of your responsibility. Then maybe………..just maybe, I’m not such a jackass.

          • billdeserthills

            I haven’t put you on any list, you haven’t pissed me off enough for me to block you.
            Anyway lots of people speed while driving, it isn’t even a criminal offense until you
            are going 21+ mph over the speed limit

          • billdeserthills

            No, still the same old jackass

          • doucyet

            You OK Bill? This is from 18 days ago, did you fall asleep or something?

          • billdeserthills

            Yes, I have fallen asleep at least 18 times

          • doucyet

            Clever!

          • Ernest Allen Buffington

            They can smell his sweaty balls

          • billdeserthills

            Cops just love sweaty balls!!

          • billdeserthills

            The police are well known to be unable to resist sweaty balls

          • billdeserthills

            I hear cops just love the great scent of sweaty balls!!

            Funny thing is the mod keeps erasing this, 3rd time I have put it back on here,
            but they never seem to care about the message above, cause I’m such a bad man…

          • Ernest Allen Buffington

            Fuck da police

          • Ernest Allen Buffington

            Hey we do not, some of us are good! I have never gouged out an eye yet!!!

          • billdeserthills

            Really how about signing off on a fellow officers report, one that perhaps isn’t 100% true?

          • Ernest Allen Buffington

            Never put down the bong unless you’re on fire

          • doucyet

            Richard Pryor rule number one.

          • Ernest Allen Buffington

            Yay

          • Guy

            So that makes it all good, nice and tidy as far as your are concerned and perfectly fine to shoot the person to death, while the other cop was going out to his car to get the bean bad gun. But the other two being fearful for there lives, cannot wait, untill the other cop returned !
            Who the hell are you anyway and who the hell do you work for ! Either you yourself are a Cop, A Prosecutor, DA or just a Dickhead, with a sick smug look on your kisser, I can’t decide which, but perhaps all three all rolled into one, because compassion you ain’t got a lick of, and since very little of ! So why don’t you take a hike and leave the conversations to the adults, instead of hanging around here and flipping us all off. Or maybe you’re board with ripping off fly’s wings and kicking sand in people’s faces !
            With your attitude, I am sure you have heard it all befor, and this is nothing new under the sun ! You must get you’re kick’s out of setting people up to rise to your bait. But the jokes on you buddy, and I know your game, this is the last time I will ever respond to you and calling you out for your crappy comments ! To me you are a dead fish, that has been cleaned and gutted !

          • doucyet

            Well……………bye.

          • Brent Fisher

            It’s not wrong to put a predator down.

          • billdeserthills

            I just think if you feel the need to abuse citizens because you feel disrespected, you should
            really get a different job. Cops are supposed to be there to help people, not fuck them all up & cost taxpayers millions of dollars. All cops should be required to carry cameras they cannot turn off or tamper with,
            cops who perform as required will welcome the camera, as it will keep them out of trouble

            Stay alive out there, at least don’t let some dumbass take you out

        • Guy

          Oh really ? You were there to see for yourself, or are you basing your facts on
          hearsay ?

          • doucyet

            The article Guy, read the article.

          • billdeserthills

            Too bad about Guy, I had to block him for being stupid, or annoying–I can’t remember for sure, been so many

          • doucyet

            Guy is misguided perhaps? He is no doubt 20 something living with his momma……….

          • billdeserthills

            Sounds nice, I should have appreciated living at home more

    • alice215

      funny how in other countries police know how to subdue a person rarely ever killing them.

      • doucyet

        Move

        • alice215

          no I want my country to have honor and pride again. Killing mentally ill is not something to be proud of. Speaking of mental health maybe a visit or two is in your near future, nothing to be ashamed of.

          • doucyet

            We have those things now. Snowflakes that sit in their mommies houses think that they have the answers to real world problems from a make believe existence. You obviously have no real world experience.

          • Guy

            And you obviously have no self grip on reality as you sit in your’s, while you flip out one-liner’s for the rest of us mortals to marvel over !

          • doucyet

            Don’t marvel…………just be real.

        • junktex

          Actually a good idea and an option that is being chosen in record numbers.

          • doucyet

            Cool!

      • Guy

        Oh really ? Please let us know where ! Other that the Scandinavians or UK.

        • Ernest Allen Buffington

          Tampa Florida, Brandon Florida, Plant City Florida & Lakeland Florida

          • Guy

            FLORIDA !!!!!!????? Are you kidding me ? They have some of the most corrupt police in the Nation in that State. Didn’t they recently bust a police department there, that was running a speeders scam, where the cops were writing ticket for cars that were going through a 1/4 mile town, with no posted speed signs ? The cops were having a field day making money for the department and town, with no end in sight, untill it got shut down by the State ! No thanks, I’ll take my chances in L.A. or Chicago, at least I’ll know the bad cops from the good !

    • Brent Fisher

      If barging into a school and blowing away 20 children and not feeling any remorse is a disease then it follows that it’s a disease to walk into a convenience store with $10 genuine US currency and willfully purchase your first pack of cigarettes with the full knowledge that you are no longer allowed to watch a movie without interruption in a public theater no longer than the time you need your next nicotine fix. Things happen for a reason but sometimes that reason is low moral character and lack of motivation to make good decisions.

  • David Hall

    As always we only have the cops narrative as to what went down. And of course no cop has ever lied after killing someone. smh

  • George Antoniou

    Ooh yeah? One can’t be sad about a thing and immediately is called
    mentally ill? How stupid do you have to be to take sadness for some kind
    of a fancy syndrome and start taking drugs to get you better. Your
    brother dies in an accident you got to be sad unless you’re brain dead.
    You lose your beloved dog .. you gotta feel sad, you’re not mentally
    ill. You fail your exams, you’ve gotta feel disappoionted and angry for
    not trying hard enough, you’re not psychotic, you’re angry and
    frustrated. There’s no psychiatric illnesses boys and girls. The cult of
    psychology have invented all these syndromes, disorders, conditions and
    imbalances in order to sell drugs for their owners the Big Pharmaceuticals and to control society. Don’t believe these thieves. They steal your lives away.

    • Abz B Zbas

      Self-injury is not a normal reaction to everyday issues.

      • Lorne Allen

        it also is not against the law.

    • IceTrey

      When you feel sad when none of those happened it’s a problem.

    • Brent Fisher

      Amen. Sebbyism is a lifestyle not a disease. The kids now with Osama and his 72 bearded virgins now. People with aspergers such as myself wish above all else for the freedom of death, yet death flees them, eternal silence from the torment is an unimaginably good dream you can only hope for. The item I wanted most above all else for all of my existence is prohibited under the laws of thermodynamics, and that is absence of my conception. Just to be able to remove the mistake of being the worlds problem source and a torment sink and go total damnatio memoraie.

      Short answer. Suicide by cop.

  • That which comes out of the man; that defiles the man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornication, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man. (Mark 7:20-23) And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things that are not convenient {appropriate}: Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, spiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who, knowing the judgment of God; that they who commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but also have pleasure in them that do them. (Rom 1:28-32) Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these: Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, sedition, heresies, envying, murders, drunkenness, and reveling, and such like: Of the which, I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they that do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is Love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance; against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. (Gal 5:19-25)

    • Abz B Zbas

      And your point is…

  • TeslaFan

    This is what happens when you call the cops for “help”. This is the kind of help you get. Time to take care of business ourselves.