However, it appears that Latson didn't show the proper amount of respect to the officers. They continued to harass him ... and his response was to physically resist the officers. What the police didn't realize was that Latson suffers from autism. He doesn't understand the normal 'cues' that the rest of us understand.
They arrested him. He was held without access to his family. He was sent for psychiatric evaluation. Eventually he was given a 10-year conviction for resisting arrest.
The Huffington Post has written about the case. Neli's family created a blog to talk about the case. Neli's mother posted a video shortly after his initial arrest to seek support for her son.
I'm joining with other online activist to call for this criminal injustice to be corrected. We need to get Neli into a treatment facility where he can rehabilitate from the trauma he has suffered. Each day that Neli is in the penitentiary he is in danger of missing important cues and getting in more and more trouble because he is just not able to understand what is happening to him. In order for this to happen he needs to get a pardon.
I encourage all villagers to sign the online petition and spread the word!