His Asperger’s video was inspiring. His death by police was ‘nonsensical,’ a lawsuit says

Kayden Clarke let the world see him at his most vulnerable.

In the video he uploaded to YouTube in 2015, he’s in the middle of an Asperger’s meltdown, sobbing and smacking himself in the face. The only thing that calms him is his service dog Sampson, a 4-year-old Rottweiler that paws at Clarke’s hand, then nuzzles in close as his sobs subside.

More than 2.5 million people viewed the video, getting an unfiltered look at a bad day for someone struggling with a developmental disorder. Positive comments poured in, thanking Clarke for his courage.

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9th February 2017
Washington Post