Originally Posted by zalb916
It's irritating that you misconstrue what I said. First, I said TBI CAN be a disability, not TBI = disability.
All she said was "he has a TBI," and you said she said he was disabled. How am I supposed to take that?
Although, talk to our wounded veterans. They may feel more strongly. Also, I said I've personally dealt with many instances of people exaggerating disabilities, so I'm not sure what you're trying to prove.
So have I, and it's not just people I've met professionally. Coincidentally (actually, not) many of them are veterans. They're hoping for a check for life like all the rest.
Next, not sure why you are questioning the veracity of my experience, but whatever. These aren't PC lectures. I've worked FOR federal law enforcement agencies. I'm on their team! I'm sure they don't like the lawyers who have no real experience telling them how to do their job. It's usually the first thing I tell them. But the training is intended to give them additional tools to do their job better and not get themselves in trouble.
My experience is more with national security officials than local cops. Their experiences are different, but not entirely dissimilar. There is no magic answer about how to react. The training is meant to raise awareness to blind spots that these law enforcement officials may have. Guy can't maintain eye contact, palms are sweating, mumbling, and shifting around a lot. Terrorist? Or maybe he's just autistic. It's tricky. It's complicated. Officers don't have it easy. That doesn't mean they should just ignore potential disabilities, though.
You said the cops had to accept her claim as true (and, apparently, assume she meant he had some severe disability). I just can't imagine anyone telling cops that they have to automatically defer to bystanders about... anything... and be taken seriously. It's absurd. Now you're backing away from that, I think. Great. Otherwise, I'm still not saying I'm doubting you. Not when Obama's president. I just hope no one takes your prior post as some kind of standard of care.